Sunday, April 19, 2015

Shame shame shame

Megan McArdle examines how shaming someone changes from a small community to the whole internet.
On the Internet, when all the social context is stripped away and you don't even have to look at the face of the person you're being mean to, shame loses its social, restorative function. Shame-storming isn't punishment. It's a weapon. And weapons aren't supposed to be used against people in your community; they're for strangers, people in some other group that you don't like very much.
The internet can be used for good.
It will be a shame if it's not due to this abuse.

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