The paper 'Are Cyberbullying and Public Shaming the Same Thing on Social Media' is a perfect example of a Business Case Study. Cyberbullying is a form of bullying that happens via communication technologies like smartphones or the internet. Cyberbullying is the deliberate use of digital media to spread false, hostile, embarrassing, or false information about another person. Cyberbullying can take the form of posting gossips or rumors concerning a certain individual on social media hence causing hatred in other’ s minds; or it can be going to the level of personally identifying target victims and sharing materials that defames and humiliates them.
The essence of bullying is to render the victim devoid of emotional strength (Smith et al, 2008). The increasingly connected world through the spread of the internet has raised a new platform for bullies to harass their target victims. On the other hand social media has offered voice to the disenfranchised making them able to bypass the power’ s gatekeepers and publicize injustices that could otherwise remain unknown. Public shaming is common anyone has to be careful so that it does not cross into cyberbullying (Snider & Borel, 2004).
Public shaming seems to be acceptable as a way of condemning evils done by people on social media in order to discourage other people from engaging in the same behavior. However, public shaming can have serious consequences that make it appear like cyberbullying. This essay explores the thin line between cyberbullying and public shaming looking at the differences and similarities in terms of victims, perpetrators, and consequences on either side. Argument Cyberbullying on social media can happen to anyone at any given time. Social networks are meant to help people connect with friends hence it can be traumatizing to be bullied on social media.
Cyberbullying can have a lasting impression on young people. Statistics gathered to show that cyberbullying is a very serious challenge among teenagers. Cyberbullying is directed to many adolescents and teens on an everyday basis (Solove, 2007). Cyber-bulling can consist of sending threatening or mean messages to a person’ s cellphone or email, spreading rumours through text or online, posting threatening or hurtful messages using social networking sites, accessing information from the person’ s account and sending damaging messages; pretending to be someone else on social media in order to hurt that person by posting derogative messages that ridicules the person.
Cyberbullying can be very devastating to adolescents and teens. It results in depression, anxiety, and even suicidal thoughts. Things shared online cannot disappear forever and can resurface to renew the pain of cyber-bullying (Tunick, 2014). Cyberbullies find fun in bullying other people online. Whereas cyberbullying cannot physically hurt a person, it leaves the person feeling very upset and mentally vulnerable. A victim of bullying should begin by reporting anything that he feels is hurting or abusive on social media.
Staying involved in a child’ s cyber world just like in the real world is important in helping parents guard their children against the dangers posed by cyberbullying. A certain woman publicly shamed some two men on Twitter. The woman listened keenly to the men talking an organized technical conference and was very outraged at their sexist and degrading conversation. She uploaded a photo of them on Twitter and added an explanation that divulged their conversation (Petley, 2013).
The tweet was re-tweeted and spread widely until a supervisor of one of them came across it. The man was promptly terminated from his workplace. Could the woman have expressed her feelings in person to the men? Did anonymity play a role in correcting the behavior of the two men? There is a thin line between cyberbullying and public shaming. When someone posts someone else’ s photo on social media with a comment in an effort to correct, ridicule, or embarrass them it difficult whether to regard it as public shaming or cyberbullying.
It can be either way (Ronson, 2015). The main objective in either public shaming or cyber-bullying is to bring dishonor, hurt the dignity and pride and humiliate the person. The main difference is that public shaming appears to be accepted in most circumstances while cyberbullying is not abhorred.
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