Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : April 7th 2015 Contents "So in that sense, there is often a
blurring of the private sphere of peo-
ple s lives and the public sphere of
their lives---almost like divisions
between the public street and the pri-
vate home have become blurred and
merge into each other.
"Ahye was really speaking about the
adulation people crave at Carnival time
to be seen, but others have extended
her metaphor of the peacock society
to local everyday life. And I suppose,
to a point, this local culture of visibility
perhaps played into people s fever over
recording and watching the incident
unfold. A private argument is held in
public, and as such it changes the social
rules about sharing and commenting
on the incident."
The 'peacock society' goes online
Kerrigan also commented on the
massive uptake of social media by T&T
citizens. He said many people assume
that Facebook is used the same all over
the world; but it is not:
"Facebook is really a bunch of servers
in California that is used in culturally
specific and creative ways in different
"The anthropologists Daniel Miller
and Jolyanna Sinanan have both pub-
lished on this in T&T and describe
Facebook here (as locals do) as Maco-
book and Fasbook.
"The argument here is that the pea-
cock society might have once been
simply about the offline world, but
now it has gone online and exploded.
"Whatsapp groups, for example, in
T&T, are filled with people sharing
videos of everyday incidents. So per-
haps one reason for the hundreds of
phones recording the incident on the
street is this desire to show and share
with others. This is perhaps a way to
think about how local culture and
advances in technology collide local-
On being a man---or a woman
Kerrigan said perhaps the incident
revealed some of our gender narratives.
He asked some relevant questions:
"How were women reacting to the
incident? How were men reacting?
Was there any solidarity from the
women and men toward the woman
smashing the car, and if so, what ideas
are the crowd tapping into for such
solidarity? Is it ideas about infidelity,
horning, deputies, polyamory and
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Hundreds of people encouraged the lynching of a suspected rapist who was
taken from prison by a mob from a jail in Dimapur, India in early March. AP PHOTO
Public street, private home
merge into each other
On a much larger stage than T&T,
and in different circumstances,
herd behaviour or mob mentality
can take far more alarming,
escalating forms, combining with
confusion, hysteria and lawlessness
to lead to widescale destructive
results---such as the 2011 Stanley
Cup riots in Vancouver, Canada. The
Vancouver Canucks ice hockey
team were beaten by the Boston
Bruins, and the disappointed fans
(many of them drunk) wrought
havoc on Vancouver just four years
ago. They turned over cars, lit fires,
threw garbage at police, smashed
glass storefronts, and looted
businesses. At least 140 people
were reported as injured, including
nine police officers, and 101 people
were arrested that night. Many
rioters stood and posed for
photographs, with some even
posting the photos on their own
social media accounts.
"Online shaming campaigns
resulted in some riot participants
being fired from their jobs and
removed from athletic teams,"
recorded a Wikipedia entry: "In
some cases, violence was
threatened against those identified
as rioters, prompting one family to
flee its home, and others to
express concern about the
potential of mob mentality online."
The Stanley Cup example in its
scale and severity bears little in
common with last weekend's St
James incident---except for the
generic aspect of public incitement
to violence, and the use of internet
media as a form of instant
expression: to shame, to boast, to
document, to entertain, and
perhaps, to do other things. Later,
Vancouver police used the internet
and Facebook photos to help
prosecute many rioters.
Mob behaviour: A case study
Continued on Page A32
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