Unprecedented Moment in History and Social Media

Wikipedia Entry – Social Media Section – 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

Wikipedia Entry – VPD warns online community not to take justice into their own hands

VPD warns of vigilante justice caused by “FacebookJustice Effect”

http://vpdreleases.icontext.com/2011/06/20/vpd-statement/

The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time

  • Christopher Schneider, a UBC sociologist and expert in criminology and social media, said the massive online reaction to the Vancouver riots is unprecedented and potentially as groundbreaking as WikiLeaks.
  • “There will be a lot of fallout, and we will probably see a lot of case law coming out of this.”
  • It will also, perhaps, change the way citizens move in the virtual world, forever. “The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time.”
    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Nathan+Kotylak+family+face+backlash+forced+leave+home/4972283/story.html
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