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Speech On Public Shaming

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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). 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. Public shaming dates back to the 1500s. The Puritan society gave their people this type of punishment, as seen in Source A, The Scarlet Letter. They hoped that the sinner would show God their mercy. Now, in the 21st century, public shaming is still taking full effect because of social media, such as Instagram and Facebook. The victims that could not escape public shame are Monica Lewinsky, Justine Sacco, and Hester Prynne. If kids like Tyler Clementi get shamed to death then public shaming is getting dire because the consequences impact a person socially, professionally, and personally.
First, public shame affects people socially. Source A claims that: "What do we talk of marks and brands, whether on the bodice of her gown, or the flesh of her forehead?" (Source A 36). This quote was said at the beginning of The Scarlet Letter by one of the women outside the prison when Hester was released from prison. The quote shows that the townspeople have branded Hester for committing the sin of adultery and are shoving her away from society. This isolation from society is also shown in a quote from "Is the Internet a Mob without Consequences?" (by Nick Bilton). Source B notes that:
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