The Web of Shame

Amy Swanson

The web has a way of making it extremely accessible to shame people. Instances like what happened to Amanda Todd and Monica Lewinsky have shown that the media can create a giant web of shame that can have detrimental consequences. For example, Amanda Todd was the victim of sexual exploitation and cyber bullying because of something she deemed as a mistake. Unfortunately, in the worst of cases like such, this can lead someone to become so vulnerable to the point of suicide. In other instances, such as the Lewinsky case, it causes years of shame and humiliation that one must learn to cope with, have been a victim of moral judgement.

Although I strongly believe that the faces behind the screen that drives this “culture of humiliation” should be at the forefront of this conversation, teaching digital literacy and citizenship to young children and adults becomes an integral…

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