We are in the era of information, internet, and social media. Without a doubt, it makes our lives more convenience than ever, and it grants us more freedom in a way. However, base on that, a new kind of negative phenomenon starts to spread through the internal–Internet trolls. People begin to, only, focus on express their freedom of speech, and gradually begin to forget the fact that words can hurt.
Therefore, I choose Time Square as the location of my monument as a result of it’s one of the places on earth that people frequently use all sorts of social media to do posting and commenting. I want to remind the public that no matter what kind of comment you are posting, you are not just posting it online, you are delivering your malevolence or kindness directly to a human being with real feelings through they walk past the monument.
I use the mirror as the material and leave a wide gap on my wall intentionally. Therefore, when people walk past it and see the appearance or behavior of the other person on the other side of the wall, they will realize that once put the scene of the internet into our real world, it’s not interesting to judge others anymore. Meanwhile, they will experience the insecurity of exposing their identities to, ideally, the victim across the internet.
My target group will be almost everybody, cause nowadays, everybody has tools to access the internet, and “internal trolls” can come from any age range base on that the internet can hide their true identities. I sincerely wish after walking past my monument, the feeling of awkward, embarrassed, or even shame will enlight people’s awareness of their online comments, and realize the power that words have. Comments can not only inspire one to be his/her best, but they can also easily tear one person apart.