Academic journal article Studies in Literature and Language

Internet Rumors and Intercultural Ethics - A Case Study of Panic-Stricken Rush for Salt in China and Iodine Pill in America after Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Academic journal article Studies in Literature and Language

Internet Rumors and Intercultural Ethics - A Case Study of Panic-Stricken Rush for Salt in China and Iodine Pill in America after Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

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Abstract

Internet is a channel of intercultural communication and also a communicative platform. At the same time, Internet rumor always causes serious damage and influences intercultural communication for different people from different countries. The author takes the cases "panic-stricken rush for salt in China and iodine pill in America after Japanese Earthquakes and tsunami for example and analyses the causes of the Internet rumors, and discusses that some basic concepts of intercultural ethnics, so as to protect people from different rumors and to keeps a good channel of intercultural communication on Internet. The research indicates that it is important requirements for different people with different cultural background should have intercultural ethics during their communicating with the other people on Internet, and also basic condition for people to get rid of Internet rumors.

Keywords: Intercultural ethics; Intercultural communication; Intercultural literacy; Internet rumor

INTRODUCTION

Internet is a channel of intercultural communication and also a communicative platform for different peoples from different countries. Globalization is a process of mutual influence, in which all cultural groups should share equal power to co-create and negotiate the "communication reality." Thus, establishing a new sense of "community" and learning to become a "global citizen" are the key to survival in human society. A new sense of "community" manifests inclusiveness that draws together people of different races, ethnicities and genders; it mirrors the acceptance of cultural diversity (Cheng, 2010). Meanwhile, with the development of information, technology and telecommunication technology, peoples from different countries are very easy to communicate with each other by Internet computer network, facsimiles, cellular telephone, interactive cable TV systems and etc. Especially, the Internet has connected different countries into a "Global village". Every member of the society in the world has really become a villager in the global village. And global interdependence and interconnectivity has become a norm of life in our world. At the same time, frequent communication between different nations and peoples for economic, political, cultural and educational needs at national as well as individual levels has now turned intercultural communication into reality for all nations and people in this age of globalization and multiculturalization. The coexistence of interdependence and cultural conflicts demands all cultures and nations to go beyond their own cultural bondage and learn to appreciate different ideas and different ways of life, to share with others limited world resources, and to celebrate diversity (Song, 2009).

Therefore, Internet plays an important role in intercultural communication, However, some of the most outrageous news comes from the Internet, a global network of interconnected computer networks. Because many Internet sites lack editorial control, rumors and speculative gossip run rampant. Although the Internet makes large quantities of information accessible t o remote areas, you should always be skeptical of the quality of information found on the Internet (Pearson, 2003). Moreover, the spread of the Internet also raises a number of other ethical questions about matters like privacy, the security and confidentiality of data, copyright and intellectual property law, pornography, hate site, the dissemination of rumor and character assassination under the guise of new, and much else. We should know some of fundamental concepts about principles of cultural ethics so as to protect people from Internet rumors, when we take an advantage of Internet for intercultural communication with other people in another country.

1. A CASE

The Internet is open to any person, so everyone has access to a means of information. Meanwhile, vast amounts of information from individuals and organizations are released on the Internet every day, and much of it is false. …

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