Comments on: Social media and the Vancouver riots Where media and technology meet Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:48:25 +0000 hourly 1 By: chungw Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:04:19 +0000 Isn’t the media (now with comment boards) by extension of the same argument a form of surveillance? The media reports on people in public court – and there’s no short supply of incendiary stories. The media’s also certainly rife with inflammatory comments.

If we can watch this on TV, why not on social media? Who is to judge the boundaries of free speech or free media (press)?

The words “mob” or “vigilante” are used a lot but without referencing a notable fact. No one’s caused actual violence on Facebook so far. 0 injuries.

Social media’s a public discussion forum – unruly as some comments maybe. Those comments reflect real sentiments (outrageous as some may be). If we can read about these sentiments in the media or watch them on TV or in movies…why not social media?

By: JoMarwoo Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:18:03 +0000 How we handle the aftermath will tell more about our society than the riot. The riot involved a few instigators and numerous, random individuals who got caught up in the chaos and violence. This is not to excuse them. They should be held accountable for their actions and taken through the justice system, which should not let them off with a slap on the wrist. But there’s a far greater mob activity now taking place – something terrifying and ugly. The internet mob – people hiding behind their computer screens joining together to completely destroy the participants of the riot, bystanders who were photographed, families of participants, the reach from the internet is broad and long, very long. People are out for blood, and it almost seems that it doesn’t matter who’s blood they get. Pictures of lynch mobs, witch burnings, etc. are not far out of scope of this activity by the masses on websites like Facebook who are out for so much revenge destruction that untold innocent people’s lives will be devastated as well.
Put it into perspective. Yes the rioters deserve to suffer the consequences of their actions. But justice demands that the punishment fit the crime – not that the punishment be so over the top that the actual particulars of the crime are diminished in comparison.
As a society, we have a responsibility to ourselves and each other to rise above the level of the crimes committed, and require justice. Justice is not blind mob-driven revenge. The track many of us seem to be on is taking us to the same low level as the rioters, and even lower, because at least some of those rioters now seriously and sincerely regret their actions, and realize the terrible and devastating impact resulting from their actions – mostly done in blind, spontaneous stupidity. Yet those online, on facebook and other social media sources, creating their own destruction and devastation are showing no remorse, no regret, for the devastation they’ve caused, and in fact continue to defend their actions – not done from blind, spontaneous stupidity, but from deliberate, calculated motives bordering on, if not completely driven by hate. What kind of society are we becoming? It’s very frightening to see this type of mob response in the 21st century Canada.