The Dark Side of the Online Self: A Pragmatist Critique of the Growing Plague of Revenge Porn

Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 29:168–183

27 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2014 Last revised: 29 Jun 2017

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Scott Stroud

University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

This study seeks to understand and critique the growing online trend of “revenge porn,” or the intentional embarrassment of identifiable individuals through the posting of nude images online. This posting of intimate pictures, often done out of motives of revenge for perceived relational scorn, is enhanced by the varying levels of online anonymity. Using the theoretical framework of John Dewey’s pragmatism, this study both analyzes this understudied but complex new problem precipitated by the conditions of the online self and establishes the groundwork for the use of pragmatist ethics in other areas of communication ethics.

Keywords: revenge porn, pragmatist ethics, mass media ethics, communication ethics, John Dewey

Suggested Citation

Stroud, Scott, The Dark Side of the Online Self: A Pragmatist Critique of the Growing Plague of Revenge Porn (2014). Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 29:168–183, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2471141

Scott Stroud (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

Austin, TX
United States

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