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Rising Cyberviolence in South Korea

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posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 02:18 PM
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SEOUL Kim Myong Jae's estranged girlfriend was found dead in
her room in Seoul on April 22 last year, six days after she
poisoned herself.

Two weeks later, Kim, a 30-year-old accountant, found that he
had been transformed into the No. 1 hate figure of South Korea's
Internet community, a victim of a growing problem in a country
that boasts the world's highest rate of broadband use.

First, death threats and vicious text messages flooded his cellphone.
Meanwhile, spreading fast through blogs and Web portals were
rumors that Kim had jilted his girlfriend after forcing her to abort his
baby, that he had assaulted her and her mother, and that his abuse
had finally driven her to suicide.

But Web users took the matter into their own hands.
They bombarded Kim's employer, the food and beverage company
Doosan, with so many calls demanding that it fire Kim or face a boycott
that Kim quit. Anonymous hate mail swamped the Web site of Kookmin
University, where Kim attended evening classes, forcing him to drop out.


SOURCE:
International Herald Tribune


Wow, this is definately one of the few things that can go wrong with
the internet in my opinions.

Oh, and to show just how much of the country uses the internet.


About 33 million South Koreans - out of a population of 48 million - use the Internet, most of them with broadband connections. And many of them are not shy about their feelings

From the same article.


Comments, Opinions?

[edit on 8/21/2006 by iori_komei]




posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 03:09 PM
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I suppose its an oddity of culture. Asian cultures seem to go all out in every way when adopting a new technology.

I suppose there will always be new problems when adopting a new system. But the internet is a good thing for Asia, helping them to expand economies, exchange ideas and cause change for hopefully, the better.



posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 05:02 PM
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Uhh, the internet is in no way new technology in asian culture, especially in South Korea. Please get your facts straight before making yourself look like an idiot.

[edit on 21-8-2006 by NegativeBeef]



posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 09:38 PM
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this kind of thing happens all over the place. on the internet millions of people can communicate hate plans and such without being looked on by others. why HE inparticular was chosen for hate is another thing all together.
but anyway this king of violence is not new to anywhere.



posted on Aug, 21 2006 @ 10:49 PM
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Originally posted by NegativeBeef
Uhh, the internet is in no way new technology in asian culture, especially in South Korea. Please get your facts straight before making yourself look like an idiot.

[edit on 21-8-2006 by NegativeBeef]


But for the vast majority of users, it is still very new compared to other mediums. Not everyone has been "online" since the 80s you know.



posted on Aug, 22 2006 @ 12:39 AM
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Uhh, the internet is in no way new technology in asian culture,
especially in South Korea. Please get your facts straight before
making yourself look like an idiot.

The internet is relatively new, the majority of cyberSociety has only been on since the late nineties.

True enough it was the early to mid nineties that S. Korea started using the internet.



this kind of thing happens all over the place. on the internet millions
of people can communicate hate plans and such without being looked
on by others. why HE inparticular was chosen for hate is another thing
all together. but anyway this king of violence is not new to anywhere.

That's the thing, outside S. Korea, this very rarely ever happens,
if you read the entirety of the link, they also mention a girl who's
girl pooped on a subway and she could'nt clean it up, and someone
took a picture on there cell phone and made her life hell.

I've never heard of a case like this before now, but from what I read,
it's a major problem in S. Korea.



posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 05:20 AM
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wtf, what do you mean pooped on the subway? you mean she just took a dump in front of everyone? Then she deserved it. Show us your source please



posted on Aug, 25 2006 @ 07:32 PM
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Originally posted by NegativeBeef
wtf, what do you mean pooped on the subway? you mean she just took a dump in front of everyone? Then she deserved it. Show us your source please


Wow, I screwed up writing that, what I meant to write was the girls
dog pooped on the subway.

Sorry about the confusion there.



posted on Aug, 27 2006 @ 06:23 PM
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Thanks for the story and the link!

I'd noticed similar phenomina (as others have commented on) -- as though the safety of the net makes people bolder in terms of expressing rage towards others.



posted on Aug, 27 2006 @ 06:50 PM
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I've read that Costa Rica

is as wired on internet broadband as South Korea is...

i wonder why there isn't a problem there as well ?



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