A Thought Provoking Read About Social Media Based Shame
I found this a thoughtful read. It featured a number of interesting cases, of people who have received extreme reactions to their badly thought out messages or/and photos shared on social media and can be considered to have been shamed by way of humiliation or otherwise.
The author takes us through a number of specific cases of people who have received verbal abuse, with interviews having taken place and the author explains what he learnt from them and describes the effect of whats happened to that person, mentally/emotionally etc. It is a sobering topic really and the author handles what is a somewhat sensitive subject quite well.
I found myself realising that ultimately its the pack mentality aka the group mentality, verbally going for blood, that is what is happening these days when people make extreme comments towards to and in response to people making what others regard as poorly judged, racist or inflammatory comments. It made me think about not jumping to conclusions about what people may mean at times, as it seems some have judged people wrongly, making somewhat unfair assumptions based on a first glance of a tweet or message. I wouldn't say there aren't vile people around but I think this book makes some good points, it made me question certain things and I'd say its an important read for anyone interested in sociology and keen to question quite how helpful and positive certain new technologies are in modern society.
All in all it was a good read, although if I had to make any criticisms, it'd be that the first couple of case studies I found hard to follow fully...it got a bit complicated and I felt it was a little long winded and I was a bit muddled by it but I continued reading and found it a good read after it covered issues a bit more generally.