Social Media ethnics – Yes or No?

To many of us, social media is actually a place for everyone to have fun in meeting new people as well as to connect with all our old friends that we rarely meet. With the use of social media, we get to keep in touch and see the things that are happening to our friends. Being online, we can use another identity to chat with friends that we met online. Social media can be used as a outlet to vent our anger or express our happiness. However, our reputation online can be at risk as well.

bad-reputationTaken from The Austin Via Google

Reputation – a major thing for most of us as we want to look good online and not get criticized. For celebrity bloggers, they will be conscious of what they put online as they want to create a brand for themselves. By creating a brand, it leads to increased followers which will lead to more people viewing their blogs. Using social media as a platform to promote themselves, they are able to reach out to more people who might be similar to them.

However, we need to be conscious of what we put online in terms of posts because if there is a offensive post, they might get hate and complaints on their blogs. With offensive posts, bloggers lose viewers and sponsorships thus bringing down their popularity. But there are often cases whereby bloggers get blamed for their looks.

Independent-UK-Amos-YeeTaken from via Google

Taken from Leon Wang Via Youtube

In this video above talks about Amos Yee who talks offensive stuff to Christians and late MM Lee Kuan Yew. What he did was to talk was to compare late MM Lee to Jesus. Because what he did was to hurt the religion and tarnish late MM Lee’s name, people start to gather at his YouTube website and Facebook profile and start scolding him. Thus, he will get hates from a lot of people.

An example would be Justine Sacco who tweeted about going to Africa and hoping not to get AIDS. She did not think about her viewers or anyone viewing her profile. Due to that tweet, she get flamed online for what she wrote as people think it is offensive.

DrLeslieTayTaken from Tribe Twofold via Google

Using Dr Leslie Tay as an example as he is most loved. Reputation needs to be built slowly since it couldn’t happen in a day. Through his food blogging post, he can be seen to do advertorials for hawkers and restaurants. If the hawker food is good, he will feature it for free. But if it is from a five start hotel, he might decline. What blogging did nowadays is to promote it and let people trust their words. With the trusted words, it can tell people that they are real for what they say.

think-before-you-postTaken from miareneecole via Google

In the end, I would say that what you put on the social media and internet will determine your internet behavior. If it is used for scolding and abuse, it will be bad. But if it is used for research, it can be good for everyone. If we put information or things that are not beneficial but offensive, it will definitely receive a lot of hate comments. But if we put stuff that benefit people such as skincare reviews or educational notes, it will definitely benefit people in the long run as they will continue to support your website for the latest updates.

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Who’s that girl? The curious case of Leah Palmer, Accessed on 9 November 2015

Court urged to jail teacher over child abuse internet chats – ABC News, Accessed on 9 November 2015

High school teacher accused of bullying student with online Instagram post, Accessed on 9 November 2015

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life, Accessed on 9 November 2015

Building and Maintaining Company Reputation: Integrity, Honor , values | The Austin Company[Image], Accessed on 9 November 2015

Amos Yee’s arrest goes international, here’s how foreign media reported the arrest |, Accessed on 9 November 2015

Most Popular Bloggers in Singapore 2015, Accessed 9 November 2015

Tribe Twofold – The Thursday Interview – Dr. Leslie Tay[Image], Accessed on 9 November 2015

Amos Yee – Lee Kuan Yew Is Finally Dead, Accessed on 9 November 2015

Think Before you @Tweet, Accessed on 9 November 2015


12 thoughts on “Social Media ethnics – Yes or No?

  1. Hello WanChyng!
    It was easier for me to understand your point and relate to your post especially with the example you used is related to our country. That social media issue in fact got me more interested to know more about what’s going on with Amos Yee.
    As we all know we have our freedom of speech online, have to be responsible for what we post online. But if we look at another perspective of Amos Yee example, nobody dare to voice out as they can get arrested, everybody just follow the flow even they are unhappy. Put it in another way, encouraging minority to speak up, do you think it is ethical? Maybe in other context, like to get feedbacks?
    Feel free to drop me a comment too! Cheers :>

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    1. Hi Emilia, Thanks for the reply!

      I’m glad that my post was easy for you to understand. Since there was this saga in the earlier part of the year, so why not?

      It can be ethical and not ethical. But that is to personal preference. Due to the fact that we do not dare to step up in case we get into trouble with the law, someone will be there to help us step up. However, we should always think of how it will benefit us. It is good that there is someone out there to help us speak out. But it will harm the person as well. What do you think? We should always consider and think thoroughly before commenting or writing a post.


  2. Hello Wan Chyng!

    Thank you for your explanation on posting responsibly on the internet. I very much agree with your point of view on thinking before posting, and I have seen a few examples around me where people post or comment without considering the consequences, and have gotten into trouble thereafter.

    However, there are a few doubts as I read through your post. Besides getting negative comments and emotions from readers and viewers, what other possible responses could one receive for posting irresponsibly? As mentioned, Justine Sacco’s case is a perfect example where she got humiliated over an unintentional joke on her twitter, which has also resulted in her loss of job.

    Not to miss out on this, what do you think about those who do not directly participate in posting or commenting irresponsibly, but indirectly by sharing the posts instead? Are they considered as posting irresponsibly as well?

    Thank you once again for the wonderful post!

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    1. Hi Nicholas! Thanks for the comment!
      It’s great that my post helps to aid in your learning.

      I believe that they will be judged for what they post online. Due to the fact that we are unable to see the person in real life, we do not know their real personality. So we can only judge them using the online social media. Thus, if they were to post something bad online, we have the chances to judge their character based on that.

      In my opinion, sharing of post might be a little irresponsibly. That is because we might be feeling the same thing and want to let more people know – which leads to people wary of them. However, sharing of post might be good if they really did something wrong. This can be a lesson to people who want to follow their footsteps.

      What do you think? There are definitely a good and bad side to everything.

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      1. Yes it may serve as a warning to others and help lower the chances of a second similar case from happening, but I still think that it would pretty much affect our professional profile to be sharing of such postings.

        In order to share as a warning, it would be better to wait for a news article to publish on that particular case, then we can share the news article to warn others about it.

        Thanks so much for helping me think this much!


  3. Hi Wan Chyng,

    A detailed blog post with interesting examples – good job! One thing that caught my eye is a quote from you – “Reputation needs to be built slowly since it couldn’t happen in a day.”

    I agree with you that while a good reputation does not come in a day, a bad reputation comes swiftly in a day. These days, there are many sponsorship/paid advertisements about beauty products or clothes seen on blogs. What would you recommend to readers about the reliability and authenticity of an advertisement online? Up to date, I don’t think there are any specific measures implemented in regards to those online advertisements which are exaggerated and do not turn out to be true as it states.

    Even if a particular celebrity blogger has built up on his/her reputation, should we easily trust the advertisements publicized on his/her blog? All in all, I guess as marketers, we have to do research on which blogger is most ideal as a “spokesperson” for our company, before letting the blogger advertise on our products. Reputation can be easily tarnished at any point of time, hence companies have to make wise decisions.

    What are your views about it? Cheers. 🙂

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    1. Hi HuiMin! Thanks for the comment!

      For reliability and authenticity of the review, I would actually google for reviews to check for the quality and products. If they have an actual brick and stone shop, I would definitely patronize the shop to check on it. I believe that shops that seek bloggers for advertisements should be well-known as people will tend to go online to check before buying. All in all, we should still go online to check for their quality and reviews before making decisions.

      Since reputation can be tarnished easily, we will definitely need to have precaution steps to prevent it from failing. By getting a spokesperson is a good way. However, we must be careful of what is said by the spokesperson as well. We do not wish to get into any trouble due to certain mistakes.

      In conclusion, we need to be careful of our words and careful searching before making decisions.


  4. mi riallaccio a quanto scritto da franco c, vorrei aggiungere una co&ep#8230;si&ugrava; che le idee più chiare, cosa sulla quale ho qualche dubbio una cosa è certa, il pubblico è libeo da condizionamenti.


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