21 Aug '11, 12pm

The digital lynch mobs call to ban Alex Chang from all McDonald's in Singapore

Social media has had a transformative effect on the way people communicate and interact with each other. There has been many positive effects of digital media such as the increasing democratization of issues. People can use these platforms to make their views heard and mobilize for specific causes. The Arab spring is one such example where social media such as Facebook has been crucial in mobilizing outrage against an oppressive regime. Closer to home, the internet has been crucial to countering state controlled news in the Malaysian election in 2008 and the recent Singapore elections in 2011. Unfortunately, as with any other tool, social media can be used for both positive and negative purposes. A phenomenon which is increasingly prominent is the digital lynch mob. Contrast to the use of social media for democratic discussion and reasoning, the digital lynch mob seeks to ...

Full article: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2011/08/digital-lynch-mob-ban...

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