Pubic Shaming

843 Words Nov 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Analytical Summary of Cole Stryker’s “The Problem with Public Shaming”

In “The Problem with Public Shaming,” an essay that first appeared in the Nation, Stryker argues against the form of public shaming promoted by online networks and how people have figured out a way to deal with crimes but not with social media. Stryker introduced the essay’s subject matter through social media examples, while reflecting on past experiences and stating important details that reinforce the subject of public shaming as well as “dox” and discusses this term throughout the essay. Stryker helps define the term “dox” by listing the common traits and information “doxxers” try to gather, which include—name, phone number, address, social security and financial
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When justifying a punishment, American adjudicators look for five reasons to justify the punishment: incapacitation, restitution, deterrence, rehabilitations and retribution. Out of these five reasons only three apply to “doxxing” and even then they are classified as deeply noted social ills (racism, sexism and homophobia) to shame others. Stryker continually states that people are bound to impulses they hate.
Having demonstrated how the use of technology can influence young generations, Stryker goes on to say that punishing those who make bad and or racist remarks only breeks further hatred. Stryker uses a hypothetical example to support his claim and explain why. He continues to go further and give real world examples of how a New York City EMT was fired because of his racist tweets on his online profile (Stryker 588). This strengthened Stryker’s position on how publicly shaming an individual only causes more harm and problems.
During Stryker’s claim he provides an excellent example of how news wants to get everything out first even if it is not accurate. The example he provides is from Sandy Hook and how in the beginning of a major event “reporters are notoriously bad at getting the facts straight” (Stryker 589). He then relates this to social media and how once something is out even though it might be incorrect people are still going to believe it because it was on social media. The intent however for each post