Remy Ong and Social Media

If you’re Singaporean, you’ve probably come across this post on facebook (or online forums), or else read about it in the news.

Personally, I came across the facebook post first before reading about it in the news, and I couldn’t help musing about how much the way information (especially more sensational information) is disseminated has changed.

You could use this to champion citizen journalism, an example of how the internet can get information out faster, and without the white washing or censorship of traditional media. The truth gets out before the lies have time to form a coherent official statement.

Maybe, maybe not.

Social media can be a double-edged sword. What IF the person had a vendetta against Remy Ong (or whatever person involved in whatever incident) or simply didn’t like him very much? He puts his post, his false version of the story, out into the internet, and it spreads like wildfire. Regardless of what the official outcome turns out to be, the person’s reputation has taken a hit. Fans have lost their respect for him. At the end of the day, it’s still one person’s word against another, isn’t it? How do you know what you’re reading is the true account?

Ps. In this case though, the internet-first-hand-account version sounds more credible to me; I’m sure the sound of your car hitting a dog and the sound of it brushing the dog (if there’s even a sound?!) is quite different!

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