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Web as Village Square December 31, 2006

Posted by Joanne KY Teoh in Convergence, Essays, Journalism, News.

This is a macabre milestone. The return to public hangings, using the Web as the village square. A step forward for humanity?

Saddam Hussein’s hanging wasn’t done in a public square, but the way video and photos of the before and after are quickly spreading on the Web made it so. He was shown on state television and the Web calmly allowing a noose to be placed around his neck.

The hanging immediately ignited online communities, with related items quickly becoming most-popular posts on video sites like YouTube and blog aggregators like Technorati. Bloggers responded with fiery opinions contemplating the extent to which footage should be made public and the related effects on society at large.



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