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Chapter 6. Moderation, Karma, and Flame ... > A Dimension Not Only of Sight and So...

A Dimension Not Only of Sight and Sound but of Mind

It sounds like the kind of moral dilemma that only appears in a Twilight Zone episode, but it’s actually the reality of many online community spaces.

The problem with virtual community spaces, like the moral dilemma, is that there can be few, if any, real-world consequences for bad behavior. Auser can ruin a good conversation by posting nonsense all night and then simply turn off the computer and go to bed. In the real world, there would be consequences for acting like a jerk. Go ahead and scream at your boss and see what happens. But online, more often than not, there are none.


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