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Participation as a Global Ethical Issue

Participation as a Global Ethical Issue

New digital media has been used by the youths and the young to carry out activities which only create the inappropriate application of the system. Due to the accessibility of the new digital media, the youths currently have diversified to the extent that it is hard for other organizations to control the usage of the media. Participation has been a global issue that affects the youths and the young in the educational context (James et. all, 2009) and this paper analyses participation as a global issue affecting the young in my educational context.

Participation is the act of taking part in an activity or the state of being related to a larger group of people in a given system or society. In the media context, the young are always affected by the idea of participation as they want to be realized in any activity that is taking place within the media (O’Keeffe, & Clarke-Pearson, 2011). In order to realize the best ethics within the society, it is necessary to understand the activities that make the individuals tolerate and cooperate within the society which at some extent is possible to attain after positive and healthy participation.

In my educational context, my colleges always want to participate in any of the new digital media that is introduced in the social platform. It has become a competition that most of the students want to be involved in at every time and they do not feel like being left behind without participating in a specific media («Carrie James Interview Part 2», 2016). The students would want to argue in regard to the media that they have participated rather than the important actions they have found in the media. The competition that the colleges have developed through engagement in the social media has increased the level of participation of the students in the media than taking part in the learning activities within the institution (James et. all, 2009).

Participation in the social media has enhanced the learning process among the young in our educational context. Through involvement in the discussions regarding the new digital media, the students have been able to learn and be educated in the trends of different activities in the world. Bringing of different ideas into the new media shows the creativity which helps the students participating to learn and develop the innovative ideas from this discussion as well as inquire about the idea (O’Keeffe, & Clarke-Pearson, 2011).

Participation in the media has become addictive to the students and addiction is a disease that cannot be easily dealt with in the society as it creates repetitive involvement («Carrie James Interview Part 1», 2016). With my colleges in school, it has been worsened as students are involved in the media even during the class work leading to dedication of less time for the education operation («Education, Social Media, and Ethics: Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education», 2016). This idea does not only reduce our active involvement in the course work, but also reduces our thinking capability. The media participation has also improved the health care of the students within the schools as they learn different ways of fitness and avoidance of some sickness through participation and sharing of their problems in the media.

From the discussion, participation in the new digital media has both negative and positive effects («Carrie James Interview Part 2», 2016). It is upon the users within the institution to identify the negative effects and major on the positive by neglecting the negatives. It is good to be a party in an activity but with the set objective towards developing the sustainable and ethical society.


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