Today’s Ask Asian Junkie centers around a question that I think stems primarily from differing terminology in popular cultures.
How much power do netizens have over celebrities? It seems like they can force anyone to apologize for whatever they did that is “wrong”. Jonghyun and Shin Se Kyung’s dating for example.
Why do they have such power? Aren’t netizen comments just regular posted comments on a news article?
I see similar questions asked all around the Internet, so I figured this would be a good one to address.
To keep things short and simple, netizens have significant power because they represent the public.
As such, when media outlets inject netizen quotes into articles, the point of that is to attempt to summarize the public’s general feeling on the issue. If they do it correctly, then that’s why it seems like netizens hold so much power, because what they really represent is how society at large feels about the issue at hand.
Of course, that’s why context is important, because when netizen quotes are used incorrectly, it just comes off ridiculous, as I pointed out to Soompi recently.
We are all prone to forget this from time to time, but remember that everybody is a netizen. You, me, everybody who uses the Internet.
I simply point it out when there are individuals who are acting dumb as fuck or when I think they’re wrong as a whole.
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