In 1998, Monica Lewinski went from being a private figure to “a publicly humiliated one”.
When Compassion and Empathy Are Missing
At the age of 41, Monica looks back at what happened when she was 22 and in love with the (married) President of the United States, Bill Clinton. “At the age of 22, I fell in love with my boss. And at the age of 24, I learned the devastating consequences.”
Yes, it’s still painful. Time hasn’t healed all those wounds.
Here is her TedTalk, discussing the impact of public shaming on her life.
Monica Lewinski did the wrong thing and was ruthlessly punished for it.
Monica was taped (without her knowledge) chatting and gossiping about her antics with a married man — Bill Clinton. The tapes were made available online.
“In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online public shaming she went through has become a constant. In a brave talk, she takes a look at our “culture of humiliation,” in which online shame equals dollar signs — and demands a different way.
Why you should listen
After becoming the focus of the history-changing federal investigation into her private life, Monica Lewinsky found herself, at 24 years old, one of the first targets of a “culture of humiliation”: a now-familiar cycle of media, political and personal harassment – particularly online.”
— TED Talks (@TEDTalks) March 20, 2015
— dahlak (@dahlak) March 21, 2015
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