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The use of the Internet has caused ones authenticity to decrease in the past years Authenticity may be perceived as ones genuine nature and true identity For many human beings it has also grown to be an important tool by allowing them to communicate more efficiently and comfortably with others across the nation The Internet can be used in both moral and immoral manners For example when chatting with friends and family to whom it is difficult to speak with on the telephone one is able to use the Internet for no extra charge would be considered a morally good purpose Where as if not used with caution the Internet can be a very dangerous place People have committed crimes resulting in murder rape exploitative pornography and many more immoral acts The growth of technology is progress as the moral good and everything therefore must have a means-end conclusion George Ritzer best describes this in his book McDonaldization Ritzer introduces the rubber cage of rationality where the bars of society are bendable therefore the wonderful world of cyberspace is escapable The effectual growth of technology on ones authenticity may be viewed by two different theories one being Utilitarianism by John Stewart Mill and the other as Kantianism by Immanuel Kant Utilitarianism or the Greatest Happiness Principle is the theory that one must act to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number It is an action which is morally right if the consequences of that action are more favorable than unfavorable to everyone He also states that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness Mill 11 Happiness is then interpreted as the absence of pain conversely unhappiness is interpreted as the presence of pain and the lack of pleasure Mills famous essay Utilitarianism reaffirms hedonism however Mill argues pleasure is not quantitatively equal but in fact is measurable He defends the
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