We wouldn’t want to see ourrselves on youtube for falling asleep on the priority seat on the MRT, but we would watch someone else get flamed for it.
It’s great to share, the internet has made it easier to share, and we’re not the only nation who uploads unsocial behviour, but we do seem to have a nasty habit of filming, posting and giving our two cents worth. Opposition politician Ravi Philemon spoke out through social media to discuss the particular habit we have of online shaming.
In a way, the word “kaypoh” can speak for quite a lot of us Singaporeans. You can see it on the expressways, cars slow to a halt when there’s a traffic accident not only for safety measures but also to slow down and look at whats happening. Just think of how many times you’ve heard a family member, friend or colleague say “What happen ah?”. It’s human nature to be curious, we’re a curious species and we’ve benefited for it, but when does it become too much?
There’s also the argument that people deserve to know the social dangers that take place. Local transport seem to be a hotbed for social disgraces and too many acts have been captured and gone viral through the help of new media. Many of us will remember “Polite Ah Lian” or “Crazy woman hits Bangla (Foreign Worker)”. In such videos, very rarely do I see anybody intervene or try to calm the situation or to inject a little grace.
So are we just merely a nation of bystanders? The bystander effect is social effect where bystanders would watch some one struggle but not lend a hand, thinking some one else will step in. I for one do not believe we are, I’ve seen instances where members of the public have gone out of their way to help an ailing person or even the cliche of helping an elder cross the street.