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The Power of Social Media: Can Public Shaming Stop Acts of Meanness?

  • Broadcast in Women
Host Naimah Latif

Host Naimah Latif


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Facebook Live has changed our modern culture for ever. People can watch in real time events as they happen. It would be nice to see more acts of kindness on social media platforms like Facebook, but mostly we see unnecessary acts of meanness, seemingly racially motivated acts of aggression by police officers, and after the horrific killing tof George Floyd, we are witnessing unending protests against racism.  But is social media discouraging bad behavior or rewarding it with sudden fame? Today we'll talk to activists who have been using social media to highlight police misconduct. Do we need to be more specific in posting names, badge numbers, and identifyng photos of perpetrators fo acts of meanness? Should we shun those featured on Facebook whose actions have been ugly? Are we embarrassing them by exposing their meanness or making them heroes for racists? What about the criminal elements in oru own communities, are they enjoying the infamous status as "gangsters" and seeking more exposure through social media? Can bad behavior be punished with public shunning (firing from jobs, denial of service in stores, etc.) and can such shunning act as a deterrent to future acts of meanness?