Korea has one of the strongest civilian armies in the world. They are the netizens and one should never underestimate their power as they have proven themselves over and over again to be a strong and deadly force.
The netizens police, judge, and in many cases even punish people online. For those living in Korea, you may have your name and private information exposed to the public if you did something that the netizens deemed wrong.
During the Iraq War, a Korean citizen named Kim Sun Il(김선일) was kidnapped and beheaded in Iraq. The understandable rage of the Korean netizens caused them to blindly attack online. The netizens attacked and shut down aljazeera.net, not even related to aljazeera.com that originally aired the video.
The netizens have many websites, like dcinside.com, to meet, discuss, pool information about issues and people and then to organize and attack.
Here are a few more examples to illustrate their power.
1) Rain – The Korean pop singer Rain has won the Time 100 Poll of Most Influential People in the world at least three times.
2) Apolo Ohno – After the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic disqualification controversy, many Olympic websites crashed due to the overwhelming anger of netizens going to these websites to complain on the discussion boards.
3) In 2011, Jeju Island was named one of the New 7 Wonders of the Natural world after an online vote.
4) Jay Park,aka Jae-beom ( 박재범), a member of the famous boy band 2PM, was forced to quit the group and leave Korea after it was revealed that he had written some bad remarks about Korea on his MySpace page in 2005.
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