Tuesday, 21 January 2014

(22/1/14) Online Ranting Equals to Big Trouble (Zhong Han and Ryan)

1. Question at Issue
a) The main issue is that people often 'rant' online, and post inflammatory remarks or comment, or criticise others in the cyber-world.
b) Some people think that because they are anonymous, they can freely express their thoughts and post whatever they want. They think they are doing it in anonymity and hide behind personas, even though it is increasingly less safe, at it is easier to track them.

2. Purpose
a) It is a report about ranting in the digital world.
b) The purpose is to alert users that ranting online can be traced, and to discourage ranting. Secondly, we have to restrain ourselves to make hurtful comments, even if we are 'anonymous'.
Thirdly, it is explaining the thought process behind ranting.
c) The writer wanted to alert people not to make hurtful comments, and not to rant.

3. Evidence/Data
There are multiple sources quoted in the article. These are interviews with people with knowledge or authority. For example, the author quoted an interview with Choo Mei Sze, founder of a social media marketing firm, about the topic of the nature of ranters.
Another example is Dr Faizal Kasmani, deputy director of Strategic Communications Centre, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, who talks about how ranters justify their actions.

4. Assumptions
a) The writer assumes several facts, such as "People are generally more expressive and in some cases more honest when they don't need to assume socially acceptable roles and when they can hide behind their anonymity." The writer assumes this fact, as there is no evidence provided.

b) The writer also assumes that the readers were not aware of the consequences of ranting, and possibly even take part in it.

5. POV
a) The author's point of view.

b) The interest group this is represented by is the bystanders of online rage and arguments. These people rarely partake in arguments online, but are still actively watching

6. Concepts
a) Some concepts and abstract ideas in this article are that ranting online is a norm, and people are used to others complaining and venting frustration online.

7. Implications/Consequences
a) Some implications of ranting online are rantings which are quite harsh, tactless and offensive. This will attract attention, some bad, some good, and may also effect the ranter's current job or future job interviews.

8. Inferences
a) From this article, I can infer that this problem is a very large one, and can cause many problems in the future if not solved not. This also tells me that ranting online is has bad consequences, and can ruin your future.

b) From this, I can infer that the writer is serious about this message, and that the writer is accusatory towards ranters. He is also very thoughtful, and is analyzing the problem carefully.

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