The digital mob mentality

by Fong Sam

The story of Korean rapper Daniel Lee, a.k.a. Tablo, is an example of how the Internet can be used to destroy. Read the NPR and Wired articles on how Lee’s life has changed when malicious rumors about him started appearing online.

Like all tools, which the Internet is one, it can be used to do both good and harm. Therefore, it is the wielder who determines the direction.

What does it say about people–about us–that despite overwhelming evidence affirming Lee’s education credentials, people still don’t believe him, that they seemingly just want to tear down the once mighty, that we love to see giants fall? Also, would these online attackers still do so if they didn’t have the cloak of anonymity? Sadly when people abuse that, it gives legs to anti-privacy movements like SOPA and PIPA.