Culture of Human Flesh Search in Taiwan
Lin, Sunny S.J.
|關鍵字:||人肉搜索;媒體;媒體文化;human flesh search;media;media culture|
“Human flesh search” has caused broad attention among international societies and media in recent years and become a unique cultural phenomenon in the Chinese world. By using varied web-sites as medium and Internet-users as resources, human flesh search is considered a kind of mass movement to reveal secret and clarify the truth by collective forces based on Internet search engines and data presented by informed but anonymous people. Unlike in Western societies, the purpose of using the Internet tools for human flesh search in Chinese societies is mainly to improve unreasonable, unfair situations in the real world through the power of virtual world. In this study we focused on the phenomenon of Taiwanese Human flesh search. The researcher adopted text analysis approach to analyze the interactive process of media and Internet-users on a number of representative cases of human flesh search activities. The primary purpose of this study was to explore which social events were prone to cause Internet-users’ interest in human flesh search and their motivations. Secondly, the core issue of the study was to understand the roles and functions of varied media in human flesh search and the impacts of follow-up events in the search process. Finally, the researcher explored the main reasons for the success or failure in human flesh search based on the analysis of case studies in order to grasp the contextual factors for successfully initiating human flesh search. After text analyses, the researcher found that media played a critical role in human flesh search in terms of information spreading and determining the success or failure during the search process. In many successful search cases, well-known forums became the main initiating medium in spreading the events. The events became reinforced after the information communication among numerous personal blogs and social community networks as well as the follow-up reports by the mass media. Finally, because the media news digging and reporting on Internet forums and bringing broad attention to the general public, which reinforced the Internet-users’ follow-up motivations for human flesh search. As the purposes and functions of human flesh search, the researcher found that Internet-users’ purpose for human flesh search was not to “search” only, but to “sanction” those who disobeyed social norms. In addition, the researcher also found that human flesh search can bring positive social functions by people’s collective information tracking and searching which might restore the truth gradually, thus stimulate public’s opinions, and even influence the actions and reactions of both media and the government.
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