I haven’t been under the tree for almost a week now. It’s one of those days when I was snowed under with work. No worries. It’ll be all over soon and I will be back blogging after Wednesday next.
Just for the time being, I recommend this interesting report from the Christian Science Monitor on the infamous Human Flesh Search Engine. Do you consider this kind of cyber vigilante “civic action” or “virtual mob violence”? I’d like to hear from you.
I am putting forward this comment to kick start discussion:
The CSM report describes the Human Flesh Search Engine as “a citizen-driven, blog-based hunt for alleged undesirables”. It’s blog-based all right. But is there evidence to support the claim that this kind of activities is “citizen-driven”? I’m not at all sure. Who is to say that the CCP’s propaganda machine, with its massive investment in “Internet security”, is incapable of or unwilling to putting a halt to the activities? The fact that cyber vigilantism is allowed to grow in spite of strict monitoring makes me wonder if this kind of behaviour is state sanctioned.
For those of you who are craving for something a bit more humorous, I highly recommend JR’s spoof of a typical CCP foreign affairs spin doctor, on everything to do with Tibet, freedom of speech and more. Enjoy it.