[Please Note: This is not an attack on Korean Media and obviously not directed at all media outlets. The one that prompted response that resulted in publishing this article is in the US]
Another platform is the disparaging internet buzz by marathon internet users. The “sticks and stones” idiomatic expression may be true most everywhere else, but not in South Korea where cyber-bullying by means of hostile language from so-called netizens is rampant. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a netizen as a person who actively uses the Internet especially in a proper and responsible way. However, the South Korean version of netizens does not fall under that definition. Many use the internet to broadcast their views on everything from condemning someone because of a facial expression caught on camera to criticizing how they look without makeup. It becomes libel when they begin to circulate false rumors which result in damage to the character and career of their target. Tabloid-type media empowers them by frequently quoting their nonsense on their websites and posting what they say on social media giving the impression they view netizens as a reliable source of information. It is not a harmless pastime when many believe what they say because of being posted on a well-known website.
There wasn’t any easy moment for the last 12 years. But you always have overcome it.
And we have always been amazed by you. We always got energy from you.
Now it’s our turn to give you energy.
We are always here and we wait for you with all our hearts. Everything has the end . Life is long. This, too, shall pass away.