"Technology is the perfect alibi. Facebook doesn't hurt people: People hurt people. This is true. But just as Facebook makes it possible to do things faster, more efficiently, more cheaply, it makes it possible to hurt people faster, more efficiently, with less cost to themselves. It removes any sense of direct responsibility for our behavior, for how what we do makes others feel. With Facebook, you can act and be seen acting without ever having to look anyone who is watching you in the eye, or look at them at all."
("The Boy Kings, A Journey Into The Heart Of The Social Network", 2012, page 93)
The distortion reality field must be lost on some. That could explain why the 23-year-old female partner of the National University of Singapore (NUS) law scholarship holder claims she has no regrets about showing off her private poses to the gawkers at large. Boyfriend Tan went further to state that their erotic photos and videos going viral was "exciting". They may feel unharmed by the scandalous episode, but the law on pornography has a different perspective.
“NUS adopts a rigorous process in the selection of scholarship recipients and scholars are selected based on their academic achievements and personal accomplishments," the NUS spokesperson said. Note that personal indiscretion and public shame brought upon an esteemed institution doesn't seem to figure very highly on their radar. The university administration appears to be similarly divorced from reality, investing our taxpayers' bricks-and-mortar monies to sponsor the cyber hi-jinks of yet another amoral foreign talent.
The game changer could be another police report. Where is the grassroots leader always hankering for his 5 minute of fame when we need him most?
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