"Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop," says Monica Lewinsky.
In 1998, she said, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become constant — and can turn deadly. In a brave talk, she takes a hard look at our online culture of humiliation, and asks for a different way.
Lewinsky recently delivered a TED Talk about how our online culture and social media has led to significant harm to people. As an example, she cited the case of Tyler Clementi, an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman who killed himself in September 2010 after discovering that his roommate had secretly used a webcam to stream Mr. Clementi’s romantic interlude with another man over the Internet.
Facebook and other social media help cruel people trash other people's reputations. Monica Lewinsky has become a social activist who seeks to help put an end to cyber-bullying.
See an update on the NY Times website here: http://nyti.ms/1HTKBZs
The comments? C'mon people (the people commenting). This isn't about Monica Lewinsky. It's about cyber-bullying. There is a mission and a message and it's for advocacy to end cyber-bullying.
See this brochure about research into the effects of cyber-bullying.