Brian Boitano would probably clean up after his dog.
It began in a subway train with a girl whose dog made a mess on the train floor. When nearby elders told her to clean up the mess, she basically told them to f[***] off. A nearby enraged netizen then took pictures of her and posted it, without any masking, on a popular website which started a nationwide witchhunt.
Within hours, she was labeled gae-ttong-nyue (dog-shit-girl) and her pictures and parodies were everywhere. Within days, her identity and her past were revealed. Request for information about her parents and relatives started popping up and people started to recognize her by the dog and the bag she was carrying as well as her watch, clearly visible in the original picture. All mentions of privacy invasion were shouted down with accusations of being related to the girl. The common excuse for their behavior was that the girl doesn't deserve privacy.
I think this is an interesting case. I think the privacy advocates overstate the harm--the girl's life isn't permanently ruined, eventually it will become like a guy who threw up on his date at the prom, the story will be told endlessly but it won't sting as badly later in life. Furthermore this particular girl is unfortunate to be one of the first to be hit by cybershaming. If it becomes more prevalent, individual incidents will get lost in the the torrent of information. That said, the case is still a bit troubling. If privacy is a value to be cherished, this kind of social-norm enforcement is going to eat it away to practically nothing. If the only things we can keep private are our financial records (and only sometimes) the notion of privacy has gotten a lot smaller. I'm prone to want to curb the practice if it becomes popular, but I'm at a loss to non-draconian ways of doing so. The easiest method which doesn't amount to total control of the internet would be to allow a small claims court-style suit (worth maybe $100 or $500) for invasion of privacy. The two problems with that is that it wouldn't deter large players if the phenomenon became popular, and that it could be easily evaded by publishing outside the jursidiction.
Any thoughts? Is this kind of thing bad? If it ought to be curbed, how would you do so?