Some are questioning the role social media has played in the wake of the Vancouver 2011 Riot. Many claiming it’s becoming a form of vigilantism and is punishing these individuals through public shaming before they even have a chance to pass through the legal system, in fact in many cases before they are even arrested or known to police for that matter.
It’s an interesting debate when you see sites such as Publicshamingeternus, Canucks Riot 2011, and Facebook’s Vancouver Riot Pics just to name a few popup within hours after the riot. It’s crazy to think by the time some of these rioters woke up the next day their names and photos were all over the web linking them to their crimes.
I am by no means an expert on social media in society and how it will effect the individuals that have been publicly shamed for their actions in this riot. But one thing is certain, social media isn’t going anywhere and it’s not the first time it has been used to publicly shame someone(s) for lewd acts and criminal activity.
It’s pretty clear the evening of June 15, 2011 many didn’t realize this and I think the one good thing we can take from that night is they know now. Social media is proving to be another deterrent to those thinking of engaging in criminal activity, especially in something as public as a riot.