Speech On Public Shaming

Decent Essays

"The immediacy and fast pace of the internet can be magical,” but it can also become a nightmare that ruins a person’s life (Source C “Is the Internet a Mob Without Consequences?”). The world believes that public humiliation is an effective punishment, but it is overused and ineffective. Public shaming is a dire term due to its high usage. It dates back to the 1500s. The Puritan society gave their people this type of punishment, as seen in Source A, The Scarlet Letter. Puritans hoped that the sinner would show God their remorse after being publicly mocked. Now, in the 21st century, public shaming is still taking full effect because of social media, such as Instagram and Facebook. Examples of victims that could not escape public shame are Monica Lewinsky, Justine Sacco, and Hester Prynne. In addition Tyler Clementi’s public shaming drove him to such despair that he took his own life, seeing no hope of recovering his dignity amongst his peers. Public shaming creates sometimes irreparable consequences that impact a person socially, professionally, and personally.
First, public shame affects people socially. "What do we talk of marks and brands, whether on the bodice of her gown, or the flesh of her forehead?" (Source A p.36). This quote was said at the beginning of The Scarlet Letter by one of the women outside the prison when Hester was released. It shows that the townspeople had branded Hester for committing the sin of adultery and were shunning her away from

Get Access