Politically Correct Tattletale Culture and Social Media Shaming
Better watch what you say and do, because the politically correct tattletales — with their cell phone cameras and social media accounts — are everywhere…
Politically Correct: ‘Agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.” Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/politically%20correct
Tattletale: “One who tattles on others; an informer or talebearer, especially among children; a scandalmonger or gossip. One who gives incriminating information about others: informant, informer, tattler. Informal: rat, tipster, fink. Slang: snitch, snitcher, squealer, stoolie, stool pigeon.” Source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tattletale
Not a Very P. C. Thing to Say
“Political correctness is a style of politics in which the more radical members of the left attempt to regulate political discourse by defining opposing views as bigoted and illegitimate. Two decades ago, the only communities where the left could exert such hegemonic control lay within academia, which gave it an influence on intellectual life far out of proportion to its numeric size. Today’s political correctness flourishes most consequentially on social media, where it enjoys a frisson of cool and vast new cultural reach. And since social media is also now the milieu that hosts most political debate, the new p.c. has attained an influence over mainstream journalism and commentary beyond that of the old.
“It also makes money. Every media company knows that stories about race and gender bias draw huge audiences, making identity politics a reliable profit center in a media industry beset by insecurity…”
Read more: Not a Very P. C. Thing to Say – http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/01/not-a-very-pc-thing-to-say.html
CNN: The price of public shaming in the Internet age
“Do you believe in forgiveness? Do you believe in second chances? Of course you do. Everybody makes mistakes. To err is human, to forgive divine. Right? Not in the age of social media…”
Continue reading: CNN: The price of public shaming in the Internet age – http://tinyurl.com/p4vfosf
Why You Should Think Twice Before Shaming Anyone on Social Media
“Shaming, it seems, has become a core competency of the Internet, and it’s one that can destroy both lives and livelihoods. But the question of who’s responsible for the destruction — the person engaging in the behavior or the person revealing it — depends on whom you ask. At its best, social media has given a voice to the disenfranchised, allowing them to bypass the gatekeepers of power and publicize injustices that might otherwise remain invisible. At its worst, it’s a weapon of mass reputation destruction, capable of amplifying slander, bullying, and casual idiocy on a scale never before possible… Online shaming is a door that swings only one way: You may have the power to open it, but you don’t have the power to close it. And sometimes what rushes through that door can engulf you too.”
Read more: Why You Should Think Twice Before Shaming Anyone on Social Media – http://www.wired.com/2013/07/ap_argshaming/
Australian man falsely mass-shamed on social media as pedophile
“THE MAN at the centre of a social media firestorm has been left devastated at being labelled a paedophile on Facebook.
“While he was reluctant to speak about his experience, he told the Knox Leader exclusively that he wanted some good to come from the “nightmare”.
“We have chosen not to identify the man.
“He said he was horrified that his image had been shared thousands of times and he had been called a “creep” and a “sex offender”. He said he has also had death threats on Facebook…”
Continue reading: Australian man falsely mass-shamed on social media as pedophile – http://tinyurl.com/qz69r3l
Facebook Shaming: Mum Sorry Over ‘Creep’ Slur
“A mother who shamed a man on social media because she thought he was taking pictures of her children has apologised after receiving death threats.
“The woman, who does not want to be named, took a photo of the man in a shopping centre in Melbourne, Australia, and posted it on Facebook – branding him a “creep”.
‘It turned out the father-of-three was only taking a selfie photo in front of a Darth Vader sign to send to his children.
“The woman’s photo was shared more than 20,000 times and the devastated man was forced to contact police after being wrongly labelled a paedophile.
“The mother, who does not want to be named, said she had tried to contact the man to apologise after she received two death threats – one in person and the other on Facebook.
“She phoned her local newspaper, the Knox Leader, to issue an apology and said she had been unable to sleep since the incident.
“Her children are to receive counselling because they are so upset by it.
“My kids are now suffering because of a stupid mistake I made,” she said…”
Read more: Facebook Shaming: Mum Sorry Over ‘Creep’ Slur http://news.sky.com/story/1482245/facebook-shaming-mum-sorry-over-creep-slur
Are the benefits of Internet shaming worth the costs?
“The attractions of a new shame culture, where denizens of Twitter and Facebook target people who harm society, are easy to see. Our plodding legal system often fails to do justice because of high standards of proof, the expense of lawyers, and the weakness of the laws—laws that are often so weak because rich corporations exert so much influence over legislatures. Indeed, shaming allows us to avoid the messy business of legislation in the first place; moral norms are enforced directly, so one doesn’t need to wait for the political system to lurch into motion. If there is no law against making racist arguments, we can nonetheless shame people who do. Shaming seems like a democratic, cost-effective, and fluid device for combating environmental degradation, racism, and homophobia—for creating a virtuous society. But the truth is nearly the opposite… The major effect of social media is that it enables people to broadcast an opinion—or, more accurately, a gut reaction—to the whole world, instantly, without pausing to give it any thought. This, combined with pervasive anonymity and traditional animosity to anyone who acts or thinks unconventionally, has awoken atavistic instincts that are multiplied a hundredfold through herd mentality. And then these ill-considered reactions are stored indefinitely, while being immediately accessible to anyone, thanks to the efficiency of search engines…”
Read more: Are the benefits of Internet shaming worth the costs? – http://tinyurl.com/p4vfosf
Monica Lewinsky and Jon Ronson on How Social-Media Shaming Turns Us All into Bullies: https://youtu.be/S3kAVeympZ4 via @YouTube
“So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed”, by Jon Ronson – http://www.amazon.com/So-Youve-Been-Publicly-Shamed/dp/1594487138
“How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life”, by Jon Ronson – http://nyti.ms/1F1nA5B
A Social Media Mistake Is Not a Good Reason to Be Fired
“Jon Ronson’s forthcoming book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, can’t reach front porches soon enough, assuming it resembles the adaptation published in The New York Times. The journalist and humorist revisits the stories of mostly obscure people who showed bad judgment (as every Internet user has done at one time or another) but were unlucky enough to become the focus of an angry digital mob. The nature of their transgressions varies. But in each case, the punishments arbitrarily urged or meted out by callous strangers on social media affected their lives for years, costing them jobs, causing them to flee from their homes, stressing their loved ones, and sending them into states of existential despair…”
Read more: A Social Media Mistake Is Not a Good Reason to Be Fired http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/02/being-shamed-on-social-media-should-not-get-people-fired/385597/
Jon Ronson on public shaming in the social media age
“We no longer flog offenders in the public square. But we have ways of making them suffer. And what happens to the targets after the outraged mob has moved on? Journalist Jon Ronson’s juicy new book, “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,” follows up on some of the best-known recent cases of online opprobrium. Along the way, he meditates on social media (mostly Twitter), political correctness, sex scandals, apologies, punishment and forgiveness…”
Read more: Jon Ronson on public shaming in the social media age – http://nwsdy.li/1MNQWDR
The shameful shaming of Twitter’s digital mobs
“Mobs are defined by no ideas at all beyond wanting to cause trouble, exclude, bully, ridicule, or hurt someone deemed worthy of suffering. What’s distinctive about a mob is its character as a group of people whipped up into an irrational frenzy, sometimes by a single leader, and other times by members of the crowd itself.
“In the days before social media, a mob could only form in physical space — a street corner or city park, a farmer’s field or town square. Twitter has created a virtual place for throngs to come together — and endless opportunities for mobs to spontaneously form.
“Twitter is an ideal medium for mobs because it is so democratic. Countless thousands mulling about an agora of infinite expanse, each person given the same 140 characters with which to pronounce, denounce, show off, and shine in a glaring public spotlight…”
Read more: The shameful shaming of Twitter’s digital mobs – http://theweek.com/articles/539494/shameful-shaming-twitters-digital-mobs
Social shaming kids is doing more harm than good
“When it comes to disciplining your children, some parents say spanking is best, while other opt for conversation. These days, some parents are choosing to punish their kids in public, using social media.
“Some child development experts are against it though, saying the explosion of social media shaming is doing more harm than good…”
Read more: Social shaming, doing more harm than good – http://www.wach.com/news/story.aspx?id=1200826#.VVU59FVViko
Social Media Shaming Part 1 https://youtu.be/VErsy4Hx8eE via @YouTube
Social Media Shaming Part 2 https://youtu.be/CKJqE4jszbM via @YouTube
A recent example of tattletale culture and social media shaming
Drivers get coffee, leave hearse with veteran’s flag-draped coffin in parking lot… https://youtu.be/O-QVxJLHWW8 via @YouTube
Internet Mob Justice Isn’t Justice At All
“The latest story of internet mob justice is a depressing one.
“Two elderly hearse drivers driving the flag-draped coffin of a military man stopped to grab a donut before their long drive from one Florida town to the next.
“A man saw the parked hearse and took a video of himself confronting them about this apparent disrespect to a fallen hero.
“When they didn’t seem remorseful for stopping at a Dunkin Donuts, he sent the video to a pro-veterans group. One thing led to another and the video went viral, the internet freaked out, and the two men—both in their seventies—lost their jobs.
“Our lives are now ruined because of a donut,” one of the men wrote on Facebook.
“God forgive me. We now have no means of income because of a donut and being human.”
“Few things are as dangerous as the toxic mix of hero worship and outrage culture…”
Continue reading: Internet Mob Justice Isn’t Justice At All – http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2015/05/14/internet-mob-justice-isnt-justice-at-all/
Social Shaming and the Search for Validation: WVU Professor Examines How, Why
“One theme in our paper is that social media increases the ability of aggrieved individuals to rally a large group of people around their cause, or publicly expose and embarrass someone they define as a deviant,” Manning said. “A virtual mob can be mobilized overnight to spread the word of someone’s alleged wrongdoing, flood his or her inbox with hate mail, and apply other kinds of pressure.”
“In the case of the ESA, the British scientist gave a tearful apology days after the social media storm. Though that controversy was over relatively quickly, Manning added that there are more violent and hurtful consequences of these public shamings.
“Modern media provides new ways of harming others and tarnishing their reputations. People can now be more easily humiliated by publicly exposing their private affairs, such as posting nude pictures or other sensitive information online,” he said. “Such exposure might even drive someone to suicide…”
Read more: Social Shaming and the Search for Validation: WVU Professor Examines How, Why – http://www.newswise.com/articles/social-shaming-and-the-search-for-validation-wvu-professor-examines-how-why
Social Media Shaming https://youtu.be/V4BvyJWKWDE via @YouTube
The politics of shaming | The Sunday Talk https://youtu.be/h6pAEvKPEgQ via @YouTube