Just last March this year, Monica Lewinsky delivered an inspiring and thought provoking speech in Ted. She talked about her experiences being shamed and humiliated. If you don’t know her, she was the woman involved in a love affair scandal with former US president Bill Clinton last 1998. After 17 long years of enduring public embarrassment, she took the courage to stand on the prestigious stage discussing cyberbullying and online harassment.
She stated several cases of youth victims taking their own lives because of so much social pressure due to some post circulating online. The landscape of getting information becomes very fast and convenient that people can have anytime and anywhere. The internet becomes a machine invented by human beings that has gone out of control, by the inventors has no means of fixing it.
The arrival of the media — social media by extension — changes our culture. It has affected our values as a person. It has connected people in unimaginable ways. Unfortunately, the internet paved the way of creating the shame industry. Some people are taking advantage of someone else’s suffering. The virtual world earns money through clicks. Unfortunately, for the general public, they find these “scandals” as amusing or intriguing.
This has become a culture of its own that the internet has become a den of cyberbullies. Some people just don’t care if they understand the real situation or not. For the victims, it is a pity that they were exposed in public without their consent — seen by many but known by a few.
Something should be done here. We should be responsible of our freedom of speech and maintain our privacy on the same time.
Credits to TED
Video in courtesy of YouTube
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