Privacy and public debate

For the past week, China’s social medias were flooded with comments on a private scandal. Former Olympic Badminton player Lin Dan had been filmed when giving some intimate gestures to a pretty woman before the hotel’s curtain was shut down. Anger and criticism went viral in the internet, especially because his wife, another former world champion just gave birth to their son two weeks ago.

Well, everyone believed to have right to comment on a celebrity’s life, where privacy and public image are confused. The majority expressed their condemnation on Lin’s betrayal, considering an extramarital behavior was the first sin of a man, especially of a successful man. His legends collapsed and people mocked about their ten-years’ true love story.

After first waves of criticism directed to the national idol, many began to point out the naive and aberrant action of all internet users, who were supposed not to take others’ privacy as an official trial. Some even claimed that all the emotions were just a show which reveals the emptiness of our social life.

The counter motion was triggered, refuting this cynic conclusion and justifying their roles in defending the moral duty. While men were accused of their compulsive animality, women were satirized though their increasing self-respect.

To many’s surprise, the wife tweeted a disappointing response several days later, claiming that she would forgive her husband since the later had acknowledged the fault.The internet went even crazier. Some cried on the typical weakness of women, some thrilled with the happy ending, some seemed  find justification of being wrong, some called love illusion and marriage a cruel trap and some just laughed at all discussion.

“You know, China is very interesting.” Many foreigners told me. A famous young writer also admits that life was even more interesting than some American TV shows because everyone seems so involved but the next episode is never predictable.

Then, one week later, other news began to top all social medias. The former champions can finally sit down and talk about their private problems while all internet users still suffer with their own problems and lose hope to seek an example to apply accordingly.

Why so much verbal violence?

I have difficulty to tolerate the verbal violence which goes viral on social media. Every day, there are so many topics which can arouse the mass’s anger. Even it doesn’t concern one’s interest, showing the anger seems make people feel good, as if one has run for one hour and has swept a lot.

So when Australian swimmer Horton attacked Sun Yang as a “drug cheat” after winning the match, the most popular social media in China was exploded. Although Facebook and Instagram are censured, people found ways to get over the wall and refuted. Among the comments on Horton’s personal pages, most were personal attacks, witch revealed rather a pleasure of attack than a reasonable suggestion. The Olympic games seemed turn out to be an international war and the nationalism seemed have gained the pervasive favor.

However, when you check the situation seriously, it was so easy to attack someone on web, especially when you have a nick name which helps to hide your identity. Life is so boring in office and people need to have exciting issues to approve their existence. There is a hunger to express whatever. If we consider all these verbiage as real statements of people’s will, it would be definitely horrible. In this landscape, we only see hatred and fanaticism.

All topics can be, at a certain moment, the national’s big concern: corruption, pollution and moral fallacy…However, two days later, one month later, people have forgotten all the past controversial debate, because the actuality offers more fresh issues which allow the mass to let out their own barbarism.The same anger for different subjects. It’s so easy.

When you want to say something reasonable or have an opposing opinion, you will soon become the new object of attacks. You never know who is talking but if you are the dissent, people will soon know who you are. There are more who just enjoy this spectacle of violence and keep joking of both sides, as if they were watching a movie.

“It’s only verbal violence! Never mind!” suggested some, “the world is a soap drama, the most interesting and successful one.”

I said nothing but I’m disappointing and frustrated, because once we are familiar with violence, even it seems minor, we are letting the evil gain a little more place in our generous heart and nibble the kindness which is so hard to cultivate back.

Fabulous but terryfing Artificial Intelligence

We cannot deny that we were peered and followed every minute we use internet, with PC or smart phone. It seems that someone is recording your interests and tries to make your life easier. For example, Claire likes to watch videos of toy play. We don’t need to search the same kind of video for her, because You Tube always suggests the right things. It knows also where we live and offers our town’s commercial.  Besides, Facebook  seems to know my actual situation and does everything to enlarge my social community. This morning, I was searching furniture at an online store, yet using my computer. But when I checked my account Facebook on my smartphone, the same online store appeared as commercial suggestion.I was annoyed as if traced.

The more important function that we use frequently is the real-time location. It’s easy to check out where to eat when we are in a new place. We can rely on others’ experience via Yelp. In meantime, our daily whereabouts is recorded, even when our phone isn’t connected to the internet.

We live in an amazing time. Now, computer can learn. Google even developed a self-driving car, which may be more reliable than human. Deep learning makes computer smarter and smarter.

Yes, the development of artificial intelligence is surprising and even unbelievable. Human can take good advantage of it, especially when it comes to question of the discovery of the universe. But, what is horrible is that we are not sure to control it. The immediate problem is that we cannot control the use of our personal information.

In my city, all road cameras are turned off after a vote of residents. But it’s impossible to vote for deleting all our traces in internet.