The Internet is bringing out the worst in Burmese

The Internet is bringing out the worst in Burmese – The Irrawaddy, November 6, 2012
…More recently, however, evidence has shown that such assumptions are wrong. This year’s Miss International competition, held in Japan in October, demonstrated just how zealous Burmese can be about using the Internet as a tool to advance their opinions—often at the expense of those of others.
Burmese netizens went to great pains to ensure that Nang Khin Zay Yar, the Burmese contestant, won both the Miss Internet award, based on clicks on the photo-hosting website Flickr, and the People’s Choice award, based on a poll on the website
The question is, how could Burmese Internet users lift their favorite to the top of both contests if their country is known to be one of the worst in the world in terms of Internet access?…

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