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"Korean Netizens Attack Dog-Shit-Girl"

From: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 2005 16:42:58 +0200
Message-ID: <1f2ed5cd05060807424610fb42@mail.gmail.com>
To: www-archive@w3.org

It began in a subway train with a girl whose dog made a mess on the
train floor. When nearby elders told her to clean up the mess, she
basically told them to fuck off. A nearby enraged netizen then took
pictures of her and posted it, without any masking, on a popular
website which started a nationwide witchhunt.

Within hours, she was labeled gae-ttong-nyue (dog-shit-girl) and her
pictures and parodies were everywhere. Within days, her identity and
her past were revealed. Request for information about her parents and
relatives started popping up and people started to recognize her by
the dog and the bag she was carrying as well as her watch, clearly
visible in the original picture. All mentions of privacy invasion were
shouted down with accusations of being related to the girl. The common
excuse for their behavior was that the girl doesn't deserve privacy.

While the girl clearly behaved badly, those Korean netizens' behavior
is even worse and inexcusably so. Abuse by the mob is
indistinguishable from abuse by dictators yet they just don't see it
in the heat of righteousness. Are they wary of ruining her life or
hounding her into suicide? I doubt it. To quote some of them: her life
deserves to be ruined and she won't kill herself because she is a
thick-skinned bitch.



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