Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Computer Ethics and Legal Issues : Controversial Content

A controversial content is information that causes disagreement in opinions and may cause the disruption of peace because different people or culture will have different views about the contents.

The issues on controversial contents are always focusing on pornography and slander. Malaysia considers pornography and slander as illegal.

Pornographic and slanderous activities can be in the forms of plots and actions displayed on video games, controversial rhythm or lyrics of music, controversial contents of books and controversial issues on religion and philosophy.

Pornography Creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire.

Slander Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
A false and malicious statement or report about someone.

What is pornography?  Why is pornography considered “negative” content?

Both pictures are very cute pictures of innocent babies. Neither can be considered pornographic by normal standards.

The definition of pornography is any form of media or material (like books or photographs) that depicts erotic behaviour and is intended to cause sexual excitement.

Pornography tends to exploit men, women and children in a distasteful manner.

Slander is another example of controversial content.

Slander is a legal term for false and malicious statement (meaning knowing that it is false, or “reckless disregard” that it was false) about someone.

Examples :

You wrote an e-mail that a fellow classmate was having an affair with a teacher, even though it was not true. You then sent it to five other friends.

Ahmad is a muslim. One day, he received a “spam” e-mail stating that his favourite soda drink “Soda Moda” uses non-halal food colouring, but he does not know if the source of the content is credible or true.  He decides to forward the e-mail to 50 of his friends.

Chin Wei spreads a rumour that a Government Minister is receiving bribes from an enemy government.

What can you conclude about the impact of controversial content on the Malaysian society?

  • can lead to criminal acts such as exploitation of women and children
  • can lead to sexual addiction or perversion
  • can develop low moral value towards other men, women or children
  • can erode good religious, cultural and social beliefs and behaviour


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