‘I’ On Culture
There’s a new word that’s being used now, digilante, which describes people who fight for their idea of justice through the internet. And like vigilantes of old, they can be fairly casual about the means used to achieve their goals.
Vigilantism rightly has a bad reputation (think the Death Wish movies) for people taking the law into their own hands. Historically, vigilance committees were created when the system of law had broken down. In many towns in the old west, the bad guys ran things and controlled the forces of law and order. So, some people fought back. And if you remember back to the Charles Bronson films, he simply set himself up as a target. If a bad guy passed him by, nothing happened. But he killed those who did jump him, rather than bring them to justice.
People hate injustice, but also that kind of violence, so we settle for superheroes as fantasy. When…