Digital Ethics delves into the shifting legal and ethical landscape in digital spaces and explores productive approaches for theorizing, understanding, and navigating through difficult ethical issues online.

Contributions from leading scholars address how changing technologies and media over the last decade have both created new ethical quandaries and reinforced old ones in rhetoric and writing studies. Through discussions of rhetorical theory, case studies and examples, research methods and methodologies, and pedagogical approaches and practical applications, this collection will further digital rhetoric scholars’ inquiry into digital ethics and writing instructors’ approaches to teaching ethics in the current technological moment.

A key contribution to the literature on ethical practices in digital spaces, this book will be of interest to researchers and teachers in the fields of digital rhetoric, composition, and writing studies.

Chapter 9 of this book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF at https://www.taylorfrancis.com under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 

chapter 1|14 pages


Toward an Ethic of Responsibility in Digital Aggression
ByJessica Reyman, Erika M. Sparby

part I|70 pages

Ethics of Interfaces and Platforms

chapter 2|16 pages

Hateware and the Outsourcing of Responsibility

ByJames J. Brown, Gregory Hennis

chapter 3|18 pages

Values versus Rules in Social Media Communities

How Platforms Generate Amorality on reddit and Facebook
ByMichael Trice, Liza Potts, Rebekah Small

chapter 4|18 pages

Finding Effective Moderation Practices on Twitch

ByTabitha M. London, Joey Crundwell, Marcy Bock Eastley, Natalie Santiago, Jennifer Jenkins

chapter 5|16 pages

A Pedagogy of Ethical Interface Production Based on Virtue Ethics

ByJohn R. Gallagher

part II|56 pages

Academic Labor in Digital Publics

chapter 6|17 pages

Feminist Research on the Toxic Web

The Ethics of Access, Affective Labor, and Harassment
ByLeigh Gruwell

chapter 7|19 pages

“Maybe She Can Be a Feminist and Still Claim Her Own Opinions?”

The Story of an Accidental Counter-Troll, A Treatise in 9 Movements
ByVyshali Manivannan

chapter 8|18 pages

Professorial Outrage

Enthymemic Assumptions
ByJeff Rice

part III|54 pages

Cultural Narratives in Hostile Discourses

chapter 9|17 pages

Hateful Games

Why White Supremacist Recruiters Target Gamers
ByMegan Condis
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chapter 10|19 pages

Theorycraft and Online Harassment

Mobilizing Status Quo Warriors
ByAlisha Karabinus

chapter 11|16 pages

Volatile Visibility

How Online Harassment Makes Women Disappear
ByBridget Gelms

part IV|53 pages

Circulation and Amplification of Digital Aggression

chapter 12|17 pages

Confronting Digital Aggression with an Ethics of Circulation

ByBrandy Dieterle, Dustin Edwards, Paul “Dan” Martin

chapter 13|17 pages

The Banality of Digital Aggression

Algorithmic Data Surveillance in Medical Wearables
ByKrista Kennedy, Noah Wilson

chapter 14|17 pages

Fostering Phronesis in Digital Rhetorics

Developing a Rhetorical and Ethical Approach to Online Engagements
ByKatherine DeLuca