Monica Lewinsky Delivers Powerful Speech On Cyberbullying (Video)
Thanks to her high-profile affair with former President Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky is intimately familiar with shame and the harms of cyberbullying.
Instead of letting her reputation own her, however, Lewinsky now uses it to her advantage. On Thursday, the former White House intern hosted a TED talk, focusing on the dangers of online bullying.
Her main focus centered on technology and how the Internet essentially exacerbates the damning effects of abusive behaviors, such as bullying.
Gossip websites, paparazzi, reality programming, politics, news outlets, and sometimes hackers traffic in shame... Public humiliation as a blood sport needs to stop.
To support her stance, Lewinsky cited several infamous examples of cyberbullying: the case of the college student who committed suicide after his roommate filmed him having sex with another male student, Jennifer Lawrence's nude photo scandal and the SONY hack.
The Internet, she insists, made these attacks possible; worse, it made them global.
A marketplace has emerged where public humiliation is a commodity and shame is an industry.
While achieving real change is a collaborative effort -- everybody needs to be on board to completely eliminate Internet-fueled hate -- Lewinksy argued even "empathy from one person can make a difference.”
The talk is almost 23 minutes long, but it's definitely worth watching.
Check it out up top.