SHAME! SHAME!

In a world where public shame is the name of the game and where no holds are barred in the perceived justified online lynching of those who are deemed “deserving” of such, and using the most recent rally as an example and specifically the subsequent posting of the faces of those in attendance, did anyone ever stop and think of the ramifications and/or how easy it would be to ruin someone’s life?

Ever heard of Photoshop?

All someone needs to do is take the photo of  someone in attendance and Photoshop the face of someone they want to seek revenge upon, or they simply do not like, and insert the face over the person who was actually there.

Then, it falls upon the innocent victim to prove that they were not even remotely in attendance, but that is not enough.  It may be too late.  Once a picture goes viral, the damage may already be done.

It only takes a matter of hours, but beyond that scenario, where is the line drawn?

Does anyone stop and think:

  • What is it that you (we/I) did that would have been most embarrassing if someone were watching?
    • Nothing? Ever??? Really?
  • How has your (our/my) viewpoints changed since you (we/I) were young and stupid?
  • Have you (we/I) ever done something incriminating in your life?
    • Has your parents?
    • Have your children?
    • Have your significant other?
  • Have you gone someplace or done something that is not within societal norms?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?
  • Have you done something stupid, or childish that could have done harm to another whether you(we/I) meant it?
  • Have you done something you regret?
    • Has your parents?
    • Has your children?
    • Has your significant other?

What is deemed as appropriate public shaming, and what basis is the justification?

Is public shaming a positive response to a negative act?

More aptly, is it an effective response?

If so, when?  And, how?

And, most importantly, what are the consequences?

 

 

 

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