Mar 24, 2013

Debate: Should social media be used to shame disrespectful behaviors?
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The other day, I read an excellent article on online misogyny written by Jim Dougherty. The article triggered an educational conversation on what needs to be done to stop the practice — and got me thinking about the issue in general.

I feel that social media has given a lot of people a good excuse to behave with the utmost disrespect towards others. We have seen an increase in bullying and trolling on every major social network. And things are not looking much better.

The good news is that more and more people are willing to share their experiences with bullies and trolls publicly. The bad news, though, is that some people seem to take things a little too literally.

Tom Krazit raises some interesting questions in his article:

“And even if they do correctly interpret the situation, is it right to conclude that digitally shaming those you feel have wronged you is the proper response? The use of public shaming in the criminal justice system is certainly controversial; why should ordinary folks feel the right to employ such tactics indiscriminately?”

Shame on us? Why the power of social media must be used wisely.

Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine Marrouat is a social media journalist, blogger, coach, curator, and author living in Canada. She is also the founder of Social Media Slant , a blog focusing on social media tips, tools, stats, and news for small businesses and solo-entrepreneurs.

On March 6, 2012, Cendrine released The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips, a comprehensive resource that provides bloggers of all levels with essential information and precise guidance to attract quality traffic to their blogs. She is currently working on an eBook on social media strategies.
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Cendrine Marrouat

Cendrine Marrouat is a social media journalist, blogger, coach, curator, and author living in Canada. She is also the founder of Social Media Slant , a blog focusing on social media tips, tools, stats, and news for small businesses and solo-entrepreneurs. On March 6, 2012, Cendrine released The Little Big eBook on Blogging: 40 Traffic Generation Tips, a comprehensive resource that provides bloggers of all levels with essential information and precise guidance to attract quality traffic to their blogs. She is currently working on an eBook on social media strategies.

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