Public Shaming : The Importance Of Social Media

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Social networking has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Now, strangers are able to connect with each other with ease. This connectivity may be viewed widely as a positive advancement in society, but, it can alter people's lives for the worse. People are provided with a platform where they are openly allowed to share their beliefs and condemn others for expressing their own thoughts. Social networking varies between each company, Twitter is different from Instagram; Instagram is different from Facebook. These networks, including many others, appeal to different audiences and vary in complexity. Despite their differences, the main purpose for social media is to, according to Juliet McEwen Johnson from, create “a concise informative...that ignites a conversation…”. Social media has changed the way we interact with people by simplifying the way we influence others, providing a platform for the powerless to obtain power and distracting people from real relationships and events that are around them. Although we may not realize it, everyone, at one point or another, shames and humiliates others for insignificant moments. Whether or not one believes people should publicly shame one another is up to personal ethics but, this act of shaming our peers dates back to medieval and colonial times. the idea of public shaming has a long history, dating back at least to the stockades of colonial times” (Herbert). The purpose of these public humiliations was to put

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