Reflection: Prison in Mind…

This week’s topic’s given me a very good opportunity to gain more knowledge from different perspectives regarding ethical issues raised by the educational and business use of social media – everyone’s had their go and lots of novel ideas came up.

This week, I wrote on my blog about how public shaming via social media emerged as a result of a judgemental society that built up based on panopticon-institutional systems. A reason for that – is that people who shame others tend to overlook the real damage and pain as a result of their casual expressions of moral judgements towards other people’s acts online. Hence, when I went on to read Chris’s blog, I felt like this idea of people failing to understand the effects of their actions, may further explain why new celebrities (e.g. : YouTubers) are experiencing a lack of privacy, with people doing things as outrageous as following them and stalking them to their homes, as well as having people constantly judging them on whatever they do.

On the other hand, Davina’s informative and intriguing post regarding identity theft has provided me a new insight into this topic. I found it thought-provoking to know motives behind identities stealing, particularly the fact that people find a sense of confidence, beauty or power in embodying a persona other than their own. As I feel like this may somehow be linked to my area of studies – Psychology, it would be very interesting to look further into how high prevalence of childhood traumatic experiences may be linked to people committing identity thefts, and how this may be prevented by discovering and treating certain traits at a young age.

Finally, as Kelvin and Tobie suggested in their comments on my blog, I would like to further extend on how public shaming could be tied to business or educational use of social media – I believe that the business use of social media, especially the growing involvement of online profiles and social media in recruitment, has given rise to more serious and long-term damage as a result of public shaming, victims often lack opportunities to start again and like prisoners, they are labelled for life as a result of the public shaming, just like in the Sacco’s case.

Links to my comments:

Chris’s Blog

Davina’s Blog



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