Is Singapore’s internet shaming the social media version of public caning? People are snapping photos of what they see as bad behaviour and uploading those images to popular “citizen journalism” websites. Some claim the trend is leading to harassment and increased xenophobia. And now thousands of netizens are calling for the end of online shaming. Others say it’s simply free speech. Join the conversation Monday at 1930 GMT.
In this episode, we speak to:
Nazry Bahrawi @nazwry
Lecturer, Singapore University of Technology & Design
Oliver Woods @oiwoods
Former resident of Singapore
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
- It’s not journalism when facts are not researched rigorously with impartial intent, and clear prejudice is consistently shown against various groups. STOMP is quickly degenerating into a platform for slander, cyberbullying and public shaming for no reason whatsoever other than the self-righteous hysteria of cowardly keyboard warriors. The moderators don’t seem to care much for moderating, perhaps because unnecessary sensationalism always makes for better ratings. Please have some self-respect for your establishment and don’t continue fuelling this burning building of a website. Either investigate and publish your submissions carefully with the well-being of citizens and civil discussion in mind, or stop this misleading demented nonsense you call journalism altogether. Good day.
- A few questioned whether uploading these types of media is in the public good.There are also concerns cyber bullying is fueling xenophobia. A British businessman fled Singapore in January after his Facebook comments mocking the poor caused an uproar. In his speech at Nanyang Technological University, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged Singaporeans to deal with issues in a civil manner and avoid a mob-like mentality.Source: Al Jazeera