‘Internet Justice’ Actually Does Good, Potentially Saves Lives
The term ‘Internet justice’ refers to when an angry mob of Internet users seek retribution for egregious acts through any form of punishment they can conjure up with the tapping of keys. It is seen by many as unruly, lawless group behavior that obstructs the real justice system, as it is an unchecked force that frequently operates on incomplete or inaccurate information, often with a response that is disproportionate to the actual offense. More times than not, Internet justice is less a form of vigilantism and more an old-fashioned witch-hunt in virtual form.
However, it appears that last week the Internet mob exacted justice swiftly and fairly when the law failed to do so, bestowing its wrath upon a young entrepreneur with a flair for morally reprehensible business practices. The online backlash served the purpose of a pharmaceutical regulatory body when it successfully pressured 32-year-old CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, Martin Shkreli, to drop the price of a life-saving drug whose cost he recently raised by 5000%–from $13.50 a pill to $750.
The drug is named Daraprim, and it is typically used to treat a specific type of infection–known as toxoplasmosis–which can prove fatal for patients with compromised immune systems, like those with AIDs or cancer. Since only about 2,000 patients need Daraprim each year, it is not worth it for other manufacturers to join such a niche market. This leaves Shkreli and Turing Pharmaceuticals with a monopoly over the drug, essentially giving him the ability to charge whatever he wants, no matter how outrageous and inaffordable of a figure it may be. When it’s a matter of life or death, sufferers have no choice but to dish out whatever amount is high enough to satisfy the greedy needs of Big Pharma evil villain millionaires, or the young, glib, empathy-lacking —> Read More