The daily post on my political blog. Something you may like if you think internet shaming can be draconian.
The New York Times seems to think it’s a concern, and I would say they have legitimate reason. With mob mentality on sites like YouTube and Reddit reaching unprecedented levels, a little taste of the wrong kind of exposure could mean irreparable damage to your internet image, and thus, your very reputation.
It would be one thing if the type of shaming the video refers to actually did reinforce helpful rather than harmful behavior, but in a world where comment ratings (and how they are perceived) lay subject to an easy internet vote, we have a very slippery slope underneath us. Hearsay and rumors have unlimited potential to ruin a person’s life before they’ve even had their metaphorical day in court.
This is what happened to Jennifer Connell, a woman whose nephew’s hi-jinks got her wrist broken. Nobody blamed the boy for it; these things happen with kids. But the…
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