Students from Sichuan high school were evacuated from their classrooms on May 12th due to the earthquake. A few decide to record themselves having some fun. They mock the idea of casualties (one girl says she’s not worried about her parents, only the singers of Twins); they say they hope there’s an earthquake every day.
A few days later, these same students issue this teary-eyed apology:
The video comes with this text:
I hope everybody can believe us: we really didn’t have harm in our hearts. We really do love our country, and we really have the victims of the earthquake on our minds. At the time we didn’t understand the situation, as a result we really humiliated our parents, and created a lot of trouble for our university.
Thanks to our Internet friends for clearing our minds, for criticizing us. Please, everyone, give us a chance to rectify our behavior.
We hope that all of the disaster victims can leave their difficulties as soon as possible, and that the people trapped in the rubble will soon be able to rebuild their homes. Again, please forgive us. Please forgive our ignorant selves. Go China!
– An ignorant student
What happened? The Internet with Chinese characteristics grows in significance day by day.
Many remember the verbal assaults aimed at Grace Wang and came to the false conclusion that hyper-nationalism was the root cause. It isn’t. The Internet has become a connected social world in China, where hundreds of millions of Chinese communicate, socialize, and interact on a daily basis. And when something disturbs social morality, the Chinese Internet mob will police those who step out of line.
After the first video was issued, these students were subjected to the internet flesh search engine; once identified, they were abused and harassed in all of the ways available to the Internet mob.