Let’s be honest, there aren’t many of us who enjoying researching things we don’t like. Me, personally, I hate research for school, but task me with finding out how to preform the optimal combos of my favorite Super Smash Bros. character and I’ll be on that all day. That’s the type of research I enjoy; researching how to be a better writer just doesn’t float my boat. I love finding out how to maximize the damage of my favorite Super Smash Bros. character and thus I’m much more likely to research thoroughly. When I truly care about a subject, I research more deeply, for longer periods of time, and I actually care about the credibility of the source. When I’m uninterested in a subject is when my research gets slothful. I take whatever I can find that seems good and is on the first page of google. I skim articles to find support that proves my point and then I’m done with that source. Bad research is often a product of disinterest in a subject because when we really like something, we’ll go the extra mile to find out more. These are just some opening thoughts on the fact that I think most unethical research comes from a place of boredom with a topic.
Is the way we research an ethical issue? I said in the last paragraph that unethical research is a product of detachment from the subject. However, unethical research should be properly defined. Unethical research is when a human being doesn’t take the time to consider the argument that the person we’re researching is trying to make. Unethical research is when you just pick and choose from a source what fits into your argument and leaving the rest. But does this make research unethically? Or the application or research unethically? Something to chew on for a while. Regardless of whether one can research unethically or simply apply research unethically, I won’t be having any problems researching when figuring out the best way to win in Super Smash Bros.