If the pen is mightier than the sword, then the keyboard is like the Death Star’s Gamma Ray burst onto Alderaan, a universal weapon of choice adopted by individuals I would like to call, Keyboard Warriors.
Call them warriors, avengers or perhaps even bounty hunters. Yet, the unfortunate fact is that many of these individuals often end up turning to the dark side, transforming into a Sith Lord rather than the Jedi Knight that they were trying to be.
In the case of Amy Cheong, tons of individuals rightfully stood up against her racist remarks, but many comments through multiple forums ended up becoming just as bad, if not worse then what Amy had updated.
With online regulations still being a grey area, perhaps it would be wise to help draft out a law that does not constitute a criminal charge, but will no doubt influence the way these Keyboard Warriors think.
We will call the law, the Keyboard Warrior Enabling Act.
‘Anyone who is found guilty of posting any text, photos and other content on any online space that is deemed derogatory or defamatory to any individual regardless of race and religion, will hereby be required to carry out the following items over a 6 month duration ‘
1.) Internet subscription will be cancelled from his/her household and all other internet enabling devices
2.) Use a mobile phone that only has SMS, alarm clock and basic call enabling functions. (You may write in to request to have the game Snake on your phone)
3.) Carry a network / Wi-Fi jammer to ensure that when you are with your friends, no one is allowed to login online. Must proceed to talk to them in person thereafter.
4.) Only permitted to watch Free to Air television (may request to have DVD’s or locally produced content like
Growing Up and Under One Roof)
5.) Attend three face-to-face talks with members from various communities that may include political parties, grassroots groups and community welfare societies.
6.) Carry out all previously online enabled transactions such as movie tickets, bill payment and airline ticket booking through phone or manual booking.
7.) Finish reading five books, together with subsequent journal review of any books available at the National Libraries
8.) Must keep a diary
9.) Must visit any heritage institute or museum at least once and write in his/her diary about the experience and what other people can learn from there.
10.) Only allowed to use film cameras to take photos but is allowed to use a scanner so that he/she can put the photo up on his/her own physical wall.
Perhaps through this law we can make the online space just a little better don’t you think?