Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out on Shame and Social Media
I remember when the scandal broke in 1998. I watched as the details unfolded.
I was not a supporter of President Clinton even before the scandal hit the media. There was "something" about him that just bugged me. I felt there was something sleazy about him, but I could not put my finger on it.
I also have to admit that, once the news was broken, I listened. I judged. I was not kind in how I viewed the situation, nor how I spoke of it. Of him. Or of her--Monica Lewinsky.
I was also glad that some of my indiscretions in my life were not made public. I would have had a difficult time knowing how to handle it. There is a price to pay for associations with public figures.
Ms. Lewinsky has now broken her silence and she is moving forward in a very courageous way. In a TED Talk this month at TED2015, Lewinsky spoke candidly about her choices in "The Price of Shame." (Link to the TED Talk)
Now as a social activist, Lewinsky is using her story and stories of others who are publicly shamed to deliver a message for a more compassionate and safer sensibility with social media.
I appreciate her candor and that she is using her experiences to bring awareness to the world as our media continues to evolve.
© Coral Levang, 2015
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