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Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:07 pm Reply and quote this post
South Korea is one of the most connected places on earth, but as Dan Simmons reports, spending so much time online has created a whole new set of social problems.

Last year Korean TV Comedian Yungchul Kim starred on a game show that can still be seen on the internet today.

In the TV programme, XMen, celebrities have to provoke their opponent into reacting to put-downs.

Yungchul joked that the pop star he was up against had a fake smile. While the singer held his nerve, his fans used chat rooms and forums to turn on the comedian.

"It was just fun," said Yungchul Kim, "but a fan doesn't think about that."

"They are very serious. They said 'I'm going to kill you', that they'd pray for me. It was a kind of curse. It was the worst day I've ever had."

The spiteful comments and threats continued for 12 months. This is a mild case of a growing phenomenon Koreans call cyber violence.

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Sat Nov 04, 2006 9:57 pm Reply and quote this post
Yikes that is not good. I hope we don't have that kind of thing going on in the iVirtua community. all though I have been a victim of some rather crude comments on some forums ive been too.
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