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Are we now descending into the vigilante mob? 
26th-Aug-2010 10:07 am
While enough's been said about the recent ladyironchef saga (good on hungryepicurean for apologising for his role in the drama), there is a certain aspect that nags my conscience more than anything.

When Yahoo! Singapore News reported the matter here, there was a flurry of comments from the community - ranging from expressing plain disgust of his alleged actions to an outcry for his blood.

Now drama is drama and as human beings, we are unfortunately attracted to the misfortunes of others. But a single comment made my blood run ice cold - a comment with nothing besides ladyironchef's personal details. Someone somewhere decided that they would find and share this private information with the entire world. To what end, we might never know, but I can only think their purpose was to instigate and encourage some of the more passionate outcriers to make real their threats for ladyironchef's life.

pseudomanitou's most recent post ...curious juxtaposition... Is Anon the new 'Big Brother'? couldn't have come at a better time. His example may be different, but the question is the same. Read it and join the discussion, cuz while I haven't commented yet, I am curious to read what you and others think of this new world order.
26th-Aug-2010 01:32 am (UTC)
Posted something, though might not be directly related to the topic. Just something that I think is relevant, but indirect.
27th-Aug-2010 11:33 am (UTC)
How impressionable we are by the media is a different tangent, but it plays a role on how we as a community behave. Where do we draw the line on how we behave when we learn by example and with the disintegration of community, the media is often our main source of communication with the wider world?
27th-Aug-2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
The deal here is that we need to set a good example for our children on how to behave and respect through communication sources like the internet. There are wrong ways to stand up for something and I see 4Chan as an example of that.
26th-Aug-2010 02:42 am (UTC)
This reminded me of an incident also. An ex-colleague of mine from RP who wrote his opinions and thoughts to ST forum about Allan Ooi's suicide. His opinion cited that he felt the army didn't do anything wrong and Allan Ooi's suicide was a shame.

And some bloggers took offense at his ST forum letters and wrote about him negatively and some commenters even tracked said colleague's details down and posted a photo of him they got from the RP staff website up =X

These people are the ones who fan the flames, then sit back to watch the blaze and laugh to themselves.
27th-Aug-2010 09:29 am (UTC)
See, that's just wrong. No one should invade someone's privacy, no matter how much you dislike their opinion.
26th-Aug-2010 03:53 am (UTC)
a comment with nothing besides ladyironchef's personal details

That creeped me out too, and not just because private information like that is apparently (rather) easy to find on the internet. I still can't understand why people would choose to do something like that, to actually invest time and effort into digging information like that out, much more posting it. Then again, I've never really understood lynch mobs either, and the entire affair reminded me vaguely of a virtual lynch mob, so.
27th-Aug-2010 09:09 am (UTC)
It essentially is a lynch mob and it's scary to think we haven't really progressed past this need to torment a fellow human being. Only the platform has changed.
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27th-Aug-2010 09:00 am (UTC)
Exactly and people forget that it could jolly well happen to them too.

I know it isn't, but at the same time, you would think that as individuals, we should have enough moral fibre to say to ourselves this is something we shouldn't do.
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