For 4 years, Koreans enacted increasingly stiff real-name commenting laws, first for political websites in 2003, then for all websites receiving more than 300,000 viewers in 2007, and was finally tightened to 100,000 viewers a year later after online slander was cited in the suicide of a national figure. The policy, however, was ditched shortly after a Korean Communications Commission study found that it only decreased malicious comments by 0.9%. Korean sites were also inundated by hackers, presumably after valuable identities.
Further analysis by Carnegie Mellon’s Daegon Cho and Alessandro Acquisti, found that the policy actually increased the frequency of expletives in comments for some user demographics. While the policy reduced swearing and “anti-normative” behavior at the aggregate level by as much as 30%, individual users were not dismayed. “Light users”, who posted 1 or 2 comments, were most affected by the law, but “heavy” ones (11-16+ comments ) didn’t seem to mind.
This is the bottom layer of a piece of press art I’m working on for the fast-approaching finale of The Legend of Korra Book 1. It seems appropriate to post it in the middle of the night since, well… the night is dark and full of terrors, and this thing is pretty spooky if I do say so myself.
I remember hearing the phrase “an artist always draws him- or herself no matter the subject” a couple times, and that is certainly hard to shake after attending art school where they have you do about 100 self-portraits before you graduate. We had Amon’s mask (which I designed) sculpted in CG as a reference for the animators, since the patterns can be tricky to draw in various angles. And even though I practically traced the mask in this illustration straight from the CG model, something about the lens distortion and the angle of the mask made it end up looking like me. When I mentioned it to my wife she said, “Yeah, I’ve been thinking that the whole time you were working on it but I didn’t want to say anything.” Apparently I’m evil.
Bryan being Amon is probably the only Amon theory that makes sense.