One of the more widespread intellectual theories about the “2-ch Flame Mob” is that their #1 enemy is the Japanese mass media. This “WaiWai/Mainichi scandal” combines two great sources of wrath for the Net Swarms: mass media mistakes and foreigners tainting Japan’s international image. Mainichi has “disciplined” the writer for carrying out a project they most likely approved, but the 2-ch Flame Mob has yet to be placated.
So everyone is up in arms today that WaiWai had a story about teaching readers how to pick up schoolgirl prostitutes in a “safe” way. Now, this story didn’t come from the brains of Mainichi: they stole it from some second-rate tabloid. But instead of attacking that tabloid (which relies on the same jingoistic, horny engine as 2-ch), the Flame Mob has pinned the whole affair on Mainichi. And now even Japundit’s getting some heat for re-posting the story…
Begin the witch trials. I don’t see the 2-ch crowd ever directing their anger at the actual shukanshi responisble for WaiWai’s stories. The anonymous rioters are having too much fun taking the moral upper hand with Mainichi and a bunch of foreigners.