It was just a joke! — Social Media and PTSD

This New York Times article by Jon Ronson, published 2015.02.15 is a must-read.  It is proof, with evidence dating back centuries, and multiple traumatic stories, that public shaming is a never-ending monster.  And it doesn’t always come in the form that we consider “bullying.”

It also shows that bad intentions come back to haunt you, as Sam Biddle, the guy who picked up the ‘offending’ tweet, got publicly shamed for one of his own.

Demonizing individuals will never fix an issue.  Getting revenge will not solve anything.  Just leave a bad joke alone, people.  And certainly don’t send death threats, victim or aggressor.  You too will get your just desserts, so remember to love people first!

I found it via Seth MacFarlane, who tweeted, “Ironic that this comes from an online press source, who are all too often complicit, but a must-read for all anyway.”

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life

Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers. Prop stylist: Sonia Rentsch.

As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director of corporate communications at IAC, began tweeting acerbic little jokes about the indignities of travel. …

Read the full article here.


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