Monica Lewinsky TED 2015 Talk: 'Shame is An Industry'

Monica Lewinksy Was The Surprise Hit Of TED 2015

Public shaming is a fact of life on the internet - but does it have to be? Jon Ronson’s recent book on the subject shone a devastating light on what it really feels like to be torn apart on the web. And now someone else who knows more than a little about the topic is calling for an end to the ‘bloodsport’ — Monica Lewinsky.

About 17 years ago she became one of the most famous women in America for her affair with President Bill Clinton, and — as she puts it — “patient zero of losing a personal reputation”. At a TED talk in Vancouver this week, she called for an end to an industry of shame that she says is getting out of control.

She said: “I began to look at the world of humiliation and bullying around me and see something different … Every day online, people — especially young people who are not developmentally equipped to handle this — are so abused and humiliated that they can’t imagine living to the next day."

The response online has been very positive — check out the full talk above.


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