Tuesday, 21 January 2014

(22/1/14) Online Ranting Equals to BIG TROUBLE (Trevor and Jun Kai)

1. Question at Issue
a) Anyone can see whatever you do online because the Internet is now available to almost everyone and they can see your personal information like phone number, house address, email, etc.
b) The secondary issue is that people think that they are anonymous online and can post whatever they want, no matter how offensive it is, without anyone eve finding out it is them who posted it. Other secondary issues are losing your job, being sued, being hated and retain a record just because you ranted too much using social media platforms like Facebook. An example of this is Amy Chong who ranted about a Malay Wedding in her HDB flat void deck on Facebook. This incident resulted with her losing her job and creating a bad reputation for herself.

2. Purpose
a) It is a report.
b) To spread the dangers of ranting on social media platforms and the consequences of it as well as the possibility of someone monitoring your every action online.
c) It is to alert others that the virtual world can be dangerous and the consequences can drag on to the real world just because of your actions online.

3. Evidence/Data
a) He quotes information from various sources. An example is that he quoted "The show of indignation on social media, said Dr Faizal Kasmani, deputy director of Strategic Communications Centre, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, is also encouraged by the support from the circle of friends in the network." Another example is "Take for instance the recent incident where a local well-established hair salon was put in a bad light when a customer went on a tirade on Facebook about her bad experience following a visit to one of its outlets."

4. Assumptions
a) One of the assumptions he made was "The difference now is that it has become increasingly visible as society becomes more connected."
b) The writer assumes that the readers may engage in posting harmful comments online or think that their harmful comments can't be traced or go unnoticed.

5. Point of View
a) The authors point of view is presented.
b) He represents the people who are very active in social media and those who actively comments and likes pages and posts on social media platforms.

6. Concepts
a) A concept that is present in the article is that posts and comments are becoming more and more visible to the society as more people are getting connected everyday.

7. Implications/Consequences of Ranting Online
a) If your offensive posts or comments are being traced, you may face consequences such as losing your job, giving a bad reputation to yourself, being sued, or even jail.

8. Inferences
a) Be wary of whatever you do online
b) I can infer that the tone and attitude of the writer is impartial and serious as he is informing the general public about a serious matter and cannot be biased to one side.

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