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The Importance Of Public Shaming

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Worldwide, public shaming should be put to an end for the greater good of all people because it leads to destroyed reputations and ultimately embarrassment. The majority of the time, shaming is based on false accusations made and can even lead to the end of careers for public figures. In today’s day in age, news spreads through media in the blink of an eye and as we have seen from Jon Ronson, a victim of shame can go from being innocent and ordinary to being negatively famous around the world for a simple tweet. Even though focusing attention on heinous crimes can be useful, overall public shaming is a negative aspect of our world today because as humans we feel the need to enforce our opinions that people must act a certain way in society and by doing so, we take it to the extreme in the media where it produces the opposite effect. Using shame in society to punish people for outright defiant crimes is ineffective because it can lead to greater benefits rather than the desired result. First, Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter, proudly is forced to wear an “A” on her chest, “Her attire, which, indeed, she had wrought for the occasion, in prison, and had modelled much after her own fancy, seemed to express the attitude of her spirit, the desperate recklessness of her mood, by its wild and picturesque peculiarity” (Hawthorne 51). [In Puritan society, their goal was to humiliate Hester and make her end up isolating herself from society, shaming her did the exact opposite. She
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