Social Shaming
Marc V. Calderaro
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  1. Are those wars? To me, the metaphor is lacking; when a crowd goes for one person, that‘s lynching. This metaphor gives us more to ponder: for example, in lynchings, the usual victims are members of minorities.
  2. The first one throws a stone, the crowd follows, but is the result initiator’s fault? Social media is a public space; when a crowd assembles on a square, and there’s tension, government sends police. Social media can’t or won’t control their space the same way, at least not effectively.
  3. Apologising does not warrant forgiveness. Amends do not warrant it. Be considerate when apologising publicly, do not portray your offense as trivial, or easily forgivable, this is not for you to decide. Your apology should not be you trying to end the conversation. Find those among the blaming side that are impartial enough to paint you as a human being, and go for some interviews.
  4. Media complicates things by introducing an interlocutor with a severely limited attention span: the public. This article on Buzzfeed about how it all started with Sacco somewhat touches on that, but I’m sure there are more detailed pieces from all sorts of perspectives (e. g. this on Feministing).
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