Dog poop girl
By Jonathan Krim
Thursday, July 7, 2005; Page D01
If you no longer marvel at the Internet's power to connect and transform the world, you need to hear the story of a woman known to many around the globe as, loosely translated, Dog Poop Girl.
Recently, the woman was on the subway in her native South Korea when her dog decided that this was a good place to do its business. The woman made no move to clean up the mess, and several fellow travelers got agitated. The woman allegedly grew belligerent in response.
What happened next was a remarkable show of Internet force, and a peek into an unsettling corner of the future. One of the train riders took pictures of the incident with a camera phone and posted them on a popular Web site. Net dwellers soon began to call her by the unflattering nickname, and issued a call to arms for more information about her.
According to one blog that has covered the story, "within days, her identity and her past were revealed. Requests for information about her parents and relatives started popping up and people started to recognize her by the dog and the bag she was carrying," because her face was partially obscured by her hair.
Online discussion groups crackled with chatter about every shred of the woman's life that could be found, and with debate over whether the Internet mob had gone too far. The incident became national news in South Korea and even was discussed in Sunday sermons in Korean churches in the Washington area. Humiliated in public and indelibly marked, the woman reportedly quit her university.
It was the clarion call of one well-known blogger, for example, that led to answers about the dubious press credentials of Jeff Gannon, who attended White House news conferences and asked questions that favored President Bush and attacked Democrats.
But the mob went further, reporting and speculating on aspects of Gannon's private life.
The problem was that the whole thing exploded because she violated a social norm, which is cleanilness. Which was a major deal
So being a whore with online ads is now private life? I doubt that they can use that argument in Anacostia "It's none of your business who's dick I suck for money." They would laugh as they shoved her in the paddy wagon
What happened to this girl is excessive. There was no need to expose her parents. But Guckert is a horse of a different color.
posted by Steve @ 1:51:00 AM