8/21/22 - I found this article particularly interesting because I had heard a lot about South Korea’s bullying problem, with some major South Korean actors and celebrities falling into huge scandals because of it. However, I hadn't known that such severe bullying had become even more prominent online. In such a technology-driven country like Korea, I would imagine that this problem is even more amplified and harder to tackle.
I also noticed how many of the victims of “wrecking” are targeted by men specifically, who seem to take light-hearted jokes, feminism, and queerness as personal attacks against them. I remember such scrutiny befell Irene of Red Velvet when K-netizens noticed her reading a feminist book. Many male fans even posted pictures ripping up any merchandise with her face on it and harsh statements renouncing their support.
Unfortunately, I do not think this culture will change anytime soon unless Korea’s defamation laws are updated, as it is difficult to enforce any punishment on the anonymous who profit from the huge loopholes within them. I hope to see change though, as it is heartbreaking to watch as people drive those enjoying their lives to suicide. (Jina Han, USA)