The course has provided a wide range of benefits since I nowunderstand how to use different applications such as the MicrosoftWord, Excel and PowerPoint too. For instance, I have mastered aproper way to use the Microsoft PowerPoint in preparing apresentation on any subject in the course. I have mastered how totype and edit documents using Microsoft Word, and that has beenhelpful in preparing my assignments and correcting my grammaticalmistakes easily. On the other hand, the Microsoft Excel has createdother ways of devising formulas, and I have been using them to makeaccurate calculations in various assignments. However, the sameapplications also portray some ethical concerns that are consideredas vices from a Biblical overview. The ethical concerns include casesof plagiarism and the pirated software versions. Hence, this paperwill highlight the benefits of the Microsoft Excel, Word, andPowerPoint as well as the vices that its users might undertake from aBiblical overview.
Before I began the course, my Biblical overview of the personalcomputer use did not consider the ethical concerns that arise fromsuch scenarios. Earlier, I did not know how the Biblical teachingsrelated to the way that the computer technology worked. However, thecourse has been able to provide enough insights, and I understand howthe applications expose the users to various ethical concerns thatare considered as vices from a Biblical overview.
In this case, some of the computer users are manipulating theapplications such as Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint and usingthem in contrast to the Biblical values. For instance, the MicrosoftExcel is critical in making the calculations and facilitating thesummation of complex arithmetic in the large organizations. However,the same Excel application might be manipulated by the accountants tomake the calculations work in their favor. In such scenarios, theymight even steal funds from the organization and manipulate theMicrosoft Excel to make the management believe that everything istaken care of. Microsoft Word, on the other hand, also highlightssome ways in which people can plagiarize other people’s work andsimply claim that it is theirs. Some might even make a few changesthat will avoid any total plagiarism and later use the same work foracademic purposes or print the document for sale. Clearly, the use ofcomputer applications has led the users into manipulating andstealing other people’s work, which is a vice from a Biblicalperspective. The Microsoft PowerPoint also helps in including thetexts and images in the slides to make a presentation more colorfuland entertaining as well. However, some of the users have beenaccused of outsourcing images and placing them in the slides withoutacknowledging the sources. Apart from that, the use of theunauthorized software has also been a problem with the companiesreporting losses. More importantly, the “software and other licenseinfringement should be further explored with regard to national lawsand cultural norms,” to make a change in the society (Martin &Woodward, 2011, p.84). The change will require the schools tosensitize the students on the dangers of pirating the software sinceit is the same as stealing even if they do not believe so.
In conclusion, the Biblical overview reveals that people are usingthe computer applications to engage in plagiarism and some of themhave even pirated the software. The society needs to consider theunethical concerns and focus on insisting on the morals involved incomputer use. More specifically, revealing the biblical teachings onsome of these vices might help the computer users in acknowledgingtheir mistakes and focus on correcting them instead. The approachwill help in reducing the vices and unethical scenarios to ensurethat the computer users handle the computer from a Biblical overview.
Martin, N. L., & Woodward, B. (2011). Computer ethics of Americanand European information technology students: A cross-culturalcomparison. COMPUTER, 12(1), 78-87.