This article (linked supra) from the NYTimes.com is a real humdinger. It portends truly epic consequences for the world if everyone adopts this sort of unchecked Chinese worldview that allows/encourages a cyber posse mentality for retribution against those that the majority (or a substantial) number of Netizens deems worthy of punishment.
If you read this terrifically researched piece, you'll discover, as I did, the new phrase "human-flesh search engine" which is basically a web of human intelligence (HUMINT for you militarily minded) or human-powered researched data that seeks out neerdowells, or even those individuals who are unpopular, based upon clues revealed from their online activity. We're all just a few clicks away from being "discovered," no? However, in China, where there is still a hegemony of news information by the government (i.e., CENSORSHIP), the Chinese cyber citizenry en masse through BBS (bulletin boards) outlets have created a turnkey source for juicy gossip. The more outrageous postings sometimes lead to cyber bullying and indeed swift retribution where individuals are "outed" and then chased out of communities or fired from their jobs, and yes, even threatened with physical violence.
Click the link above and have a read. Be sure to let us know what you think of this world without habeas corpus or due process or presumption of innocence (good gawd I love the West). Btw, I think the above image from the NYTimes article represents a posse of (repurposed?) Chinese characters chasing one individual nefarious character atop the page fleeing for his font's very life. Pretty cool illustration.