lördag 18 oktober 2008

Web 2.0 Asia :: A sad day for Korea, and how the internet played its part

I learned about this sad story through Twitter. We've to be kind and respecting to people or the social media on Internet will also suffer. There is a lot of evil in the world. Celebrities have to face a lot of negative copy from both press and the grassroots media.

Web 2.0 Asia :: A sad day for Korea, and how the internet played its part: "Yesterday was a truly sad day for all Koreans. Jin-sil Choi, Korea's top actress, was found dead, as she apparently committed a suicide. To put this in perspective, imagine this morning you just saw the headline 'Angelina Jolie committed a suicide'. Yes, Choi was THE most loved Korean actress of our times.

What makes it even sadder is the stories eminating from this tragedy, that she was suffering from depression, and much of it came from the 'bad comments on the internet.' It was found Choi actually cared about the comments about her, often spending hours reading all thousands of comments, many of which I assume were worthless piece of garbage.

Most news sites in Korea (I guess elsewhere too) allow anonymous comments that are rarely moderated. I mean moderation is there, but it's usually post-moderation meaning the really offensive comments are taken out only after damages are already done. Taking advantage of these anonymous comment system, some weirdos make all kinds of personal attacks to public figures. But yesterday's Choi incident shows that comments can kill people, literally.

I believe the web we should all strive to create is one where people have respect to each other, not a dark dungeon denizened by some freak trollers. For that, I think we need a better online reputation system..."

10 kommentarer:

Karl sa...

It truly is sad to hear such a tragedy : ( Some preventive actions should be considered.

How about a reputation system that allows people to vote about, how irritating they feel some person is according to this persons messages. When the votes get higher, other people can control their acceptance to read messages from "irritating" people. In time the irritation level could drop as some sort of forgiveness or a reward "for not being so irritating anymore".

Just a wild idea : )

Helge V. Keitel sa...

karl, that sounds like a "Dirty Digg". Shouldn't be difficult technically. It would be a social control system (like small town culture supporting good behavior) for social media.

Karl sa...

Other possibility would be to track ignorance to some persons messages. If no replies are received to certain persons messages, ignorance rate of that person would get higher and thus allow other people to disricard messages that have high rates. People only sending messages just for their own amusement could be filtered out ...

Helge V. Keitel sa...

karl, there is also the possibility of supporting those who are under attack. To organize a positive defense and support circle around those who might be vulnerable.

Karl sa...

I see. Is this the way, how it goes? First the threat is verified, then the circle around the vulnerable is formed. Support for the vulnerable has the priority and secondly the “Dirty Digg” is instructed of the fault of his behaviour.

One comment on that. This works if the signals and messages are clear and well understood and commonly shared. Preliminary action on the basis of this should be carried out before the circle is formed and then – if necessary – further action should be considered. Even signaling “cry of help” shouldn’t neglect this phase. This doesn’t of course apply to compassion, which is always welcome to people feeling vulnerable.

Helge V. Keitel sa...

"Cry for help" is an important part of the initial defense operation. The web is crowded with people. We've no way to know who has been attacked. There should be an emergency button that we can hit when there is feel for threat. We've fire fighters, there is police, there are social workers, but Internet is still the wild wild west where the fittest survive. This place needs a new culture - a caring and supportive culture. Social Media could take responsibility.

Karl sa...

Ok. Internet is a newcomer for many people and confusions can arise. Caring and supportive culture is deffinately the way to solve such issues so that people can feel secured.

The "fittest surviving" sounds more like a concern of economical agent and not necessarily internet as such. In the long run, do you see any linkage for Social Media to affect economy to be e.g. less competitive? Is there a way to start concidering and concerning about some sort of "caring economy"?

Helge V. Keitel sa...

We try here to combine business and social media. The main idea is open innovation and co-creation. I think an open innovation system can only survive if trust, caring, sharing, interaction are in the center. Welcome to the community.


I hope it's at least a partial answer to your question. There is still a lot of work to be done.

I'd like to see you working for a better future. The goals can be defined by us. It's not top down or command control anymore.

What do you think?

Karl sa...

I'm glad for your invitation! I just signed in.

See you at kknetwork.ning.com.!

Helge V. Keitel sa...

Welcome Karl!