Hacking As A Common Act And Scandal

1413 Words Dec 16th, 2014 6 Pages
Hacking has been perceived as a common act and scandal in news reporting. It involves widely accepted and ongoing controversy despite it reveals a variety of stories that are important and are behind the artificial facts. In the case of hacking in Dirty Politics, excerpts from private emails had been hacked from blogger Cameron Slater’s computer, which revealed some secrets and secret deals between Slater and some politicians in New Zealand. It therefore let the public know how Slater obtained and exposed some of the ‘big secrets’ of the left politicians, and doubt the objectivity of the blog and the direction of the voice. It argues that the hacking act was justifiable because exposing the activity they describe is in the public interest. This perspective is based on utilitarianism. However, the hacking issue in this case can be perceived differently via using different ethic concepts and approaches which depend on the standards used in different ethic concepts. Based on this understanding, the consequence of the hacking behaviour cannot be simply and solely used as an indicator to conclude this behaviour as morally right.

Utilitarianism focuses on the consequences of the act in order to determine whether this act is moral and ethical, which indicates that ‘the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its utility in providing happiness or pleasure as summed among all sentient beings’ (Christians, 2006, p. 7). According to the act Utilitarianism, the…
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