Last week I was in 121 at a seminar/conference thing organised by the Church of Scotland’s Church and Society Council. The topic was “Moral Maze on Virtualisation and Society” and was, ostensibly, a initial discussion into the morals and ethics of such phenomena as social networking and online role-play/immersion activities. The discussion topics were billed as follows:
- How has virtualisation impacted on notions of identity?
- How has virtualisation impacted on our values as human beings?
- How has increased connectivity impacted on the nature of our organisations?
- How has increased connectivity and virtualisation impacted on our ability to develop meaningful communities?
- Is a regulatory framework desirable?
What are the theological implications of the changes being brought to individuals, to society and to organisations by increased connectivity and virtualisation?
This is all good stuff and very relevant in our technology-oriented world.