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Issue 2 • Date Summer 1995

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  • Anatomy of a flame: conflict and community building on the Internet

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):12 - 21
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    Although some social theorists have predicted that widespread computer-mediated communication produce utopian communities in cyberspace, the presence of “flames” and other activities often perceived as hostile to communal standards raises questions about whether and how such communities might come to exist. We examine the anatomy and progress of a particular “flame” that oc... View full abstract»

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  • Explaining disasters: the case for preventive ethics

    Publication Year: 1995, Page(s):22 - 27
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    In 1986, the space shuttle Challenger exploded during launch, taking the lives of six astronauts and one teacher. The disaster virtually stopped U.S. space exploration for two years. How should this disaster be explained? The article discusses three types of explanation and considers the application of preventive ethics. People should be informed about unusual dangers to which they might be subjec... View full abstract»

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