What is the price of public shaming? Here are your thoughts
We all make mistakes. But should we be ridiculed for them online?
A video of a woman who pitched two cups of coffee at a man when he confronted her for parking in a disabled parking spot outside a Tim Hortons went viral earlier this week — drawing outrage and hateful online comments from around the world.
Some of the comments posted on the video were so vile, the man who recorded it, Ryan Favro, decided to take it down. The video has since been reposted by other YouTube users.
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The incident raises the question of public shaming in the age of the internet. We all make mistakes. But should we be ridiculed for them online? What is the price of public shaming? We posed those questions to you.
You weighed in below via CBC Forum, our experiment at encouraging a different kind of discussion on our website. Here are some of the most intriguing comments.
Please note that user names are not necessarily the names of commenters. Some comments have been altered to correct spelling and to conform to CBC style. Click on the user name to see the comment in the blog format.
Many talked about the consequences of public shaming.
- "Public shaming has the very real consequence of completely and utterly destroying one's life in its entirety." — Udongein
- "This is a double-edged sword … I wonder about the price being paid … the lost job … the breakup in relationships … reputations ruined. When I hear this, it says it's OK to do these types of things when not recorded. If they feel shame when being recorded, then there should be shame when not being recorded." —Kevin
In this circumstance, some came to the coffee thrower's defence.
- "Obviously she needs to smarten up and, yes, she deserves some ridicule. But there is a line and probably the hateful comments crossed it. I guess that's the chances you take, in this day and age." — SMM
Others sided with the man who shot the video.
"I'm pretty sure deliberately hurling a hot coffee at someone constitutes some form of assault. I hope charges are pending." — Adam R.
Several just offered their public shaming advice.
- "Don't do something stupid and you'll not be shamed. People have to be held accountable for their actions." — Drums1812