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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-2-106-16

Leszek PORĘBSKI – A Bitter Taste of Technology: New Types of Violence as a Consequence of the Information Revolution

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The rapid growth of information and communication technologies has resulted in various social consequences. Among the most significant ones is the emergence of diverse forms of violence. In this text, several aspects of cyber-violence are discussed and a new classification of cyber-violence forms is proposed. Two major types of the phenomenon of cyber-violence are distinguished, namely, interpersonal cyber-violence (harming individuals, and based on personal contacts) and public cyber-violence (referring to ideas rather than persons, and aimed at affecting public discourse). A considerable presence of cyber-violence in everyday life urges undertaking efficient countermeasures. It seems that legal procedures can only partly  play that role. Basic limits to successful legal control of cyber-violence are twofold. Firstly, there are various standards of, e.g., free speech protection in particular countries. Secondly, the virtual nature of cyberspace makes traditional measures of investigation and prosecution inadequate and of limited use. There are, however, other than legal implications of the growth of cyber-violence, since the development of information and communication technologies has influenced also the realm of democratic values. In this respect, diminishing role of privacy as one of the pillars of the democratic creed is of crucial importance. Individuals eagerly exchange their privacy for visibility and appreciation in the virtual world. This in turn encourages others to monitor and often violently invade the secrecy of their personal life. Consequently, an increase in at least some aspects of cyber-violence can be regarded as a by-product of the quest for popularity, measured by the number of one’s friends in social networks or the number of one’s personal pictures ‘liked’ by others.

Keywords: cyber-violence, information revolution, ICT, democracy.

Katedra Politologii i Historii Najnowszej, Wydział Humanistyczny, Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. S. Staszica, 
ul. Gramatyka 8A, 30-071 Cracow, Poland
Email: leszekpo@agh.edu.pl
Phone: +48 12 6174387

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887