Ethic & Tourism Online (Di Fan)

Ethic is always hard to define, it is because that value is prevalent, but the universal value does not exist. Ethic is against with Legal, fighting with Society, and Economy today. Tourism, the biggest industry of the country, it is bigger than oil. How can we find the balance between the ethics of tourism and the development of this area?

How powerful is social media of travel? The governments of China and North Korea are using their activities to tell us. How strained the polity is that how powerful social media works for economy. As social media of tourism continues to rise, it’s only natural that statistic correlations will be made about the individuals who use the medium. It’s common to deep-dive into demographic information and behavioral data. The users post their travel experience and publish their travel pictures. It’s not a bad thing; universal truths about social networking usage and user behavior can be valuable. However, personal bias is also published out though the words or images when travelers sharing their experience online. Who could response the ethics of travel online.



“Josephine” & “Simon” were at an expat party, and basically got it together. Josephine published photos of them at the party on her travel blog. Simon’s wife saw it. That summer there was a divorce.



Two years ago, a traveler was in Miami beach; she saw a man that was sleeping on the beach. Then she photographed the man and published it on her blog. Meanwhile unbeknown to her, she backed in the country several months later; the business owner was browsing the image online. The next day the man was fired for sleeping on the job.




In 2008,the riots of Tibet. Several personal bloggers and travelers uploaded their videos to Youtube. Nothing was censored; the faces in the videos were visible. International media have already reported on the rounding up of hundreds of people from those days. Many people have not been seen or heard from again since then, so that some bystanders was arrested as the suspects. Right or wrong, bystander or rioter, they were a sentence to prison to others.



The general consensus is not a big deal for photographing a person, and then unloading it online, no one will see it, just for friends and families. Different area has different laws for publishing the travel information on the Internet, no matter it is legal or not. When you decided to press “post” the social media company will own the information, every word you typed, every photography you did will share with the world in a heartbeat. So it’s important to consider if it will affect others before publishing.


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