Monica Lewinsky: Why We Must Stop Online Shaming Now

Written by on March 22, 2015 in Internet, Social Media with 3 Comments

Source: TED

Monica Lewinsky says that in 1998, she 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 a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands that we shift as a society.

She says that rather than think of our right to free expression, we should think of our responsibility to express freely in a way that is positive and productive. Our focus, she says should not be on how much attention our communication gets, but on how much intention we can imbue it with.

As someone who had suicidal thoughts and struggled through nearly half a lifetime online infamy, Monica understands the depth and magnitude of this problem. Cyberbullying has caused people to kill themselves, most notably teens or young adults who are still struggling to form their own personal identity.

The best part of this talk is that Monica doesn’t just suggest that we stop clicking on shame-oriented content or refrain from any kind of cyber-bullying, but goes further than that. She believes we should be a culture that is openly compassionate online. How can we all be more empathetic and support to those who inadvertently find themselves in the spotlight of the internet?

This is a speech for our times. Watch and be changed.


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  1. phonegod@hotmail.com' Steve Mack says:

    but she is a whore. She slept with a guy she knew was married. There is no excuse

  2. sbkross@yahoo.com' Susan says:

    I am glad to know Monica has been contributing to the well-being of the world, given all she has been through, and look forward to more ultra-meaningful messages from her in the future.

  3. marion.hubbard@outlook.com' Marion Hubbard says:

    Congratulations and thank-you. What we need is education for human development so that children can develop into mature empathic adults. (www.HolisticEducator.com)

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