New York Times magazine has a fascinating article about people whose lives have been destroyed by ill-considered moments on the Internet and the virtual lynch mobs that descended upon them (something I’ve posted about in the past).
I find this phenomenon pretty terrifying, especially as someone who has blogged for eight years, written over a thousand posts, and said various things over the years that have either been stupid or completely misperceived or both.
Whatever you make of whether the people in the article “deserved” what they had coming to them, I have a hard time seeing how Internet vigilante justice is something that is any way beneficial.
What do you think? Do you trust that the punishment fits the crime? And once a virtual mob starts, how can you stop it?
Art: The Battle of San Jacinto by Henry Arthur McArdle