Just as a "citizen
" is a member of a country, a "netizen" is a member of the internet
. However, this term is overhyped
and inaccurate Web 2.0 self-love
for the following reasons:
- Citizens have legal rights
regarding free expression
and protection against illegal harassment
. Netizens do not.
- Citizens have legal responsibilities to their country including refraining from illegal harassment and discrimination. Netizens do not.
- Citizens are defined by their country, thus tied to a geographical location and forced to face the consequences of their opinions
in that country. Netizens are not.
- Citizens are personally identifiable. Netizens are not.
This week, the blogosphere
has been buzzing
, with netizens giving their opinions on today's hot and pressing topic: Does Justin Bieber
? Netizen 'bieberfever4evaa11' said: 'JUSTIN BEIBER(sic) IS CLERLY(sic) NOT WELL, LEAVE JUSTIN BEABER(sic) ALONE!!' He - or she - later added: 'THESE ARE REAL TEARS I'M CRYING'