Friday, February 13, 2015

How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life - NYTimes.com

Final paragraph from a case study on how to self-destruct via social media

"It was a profound reversal for Sacco. When I first met her, she was desperate to tell the tens of thousands of people who tore her apart how they had wronged her and to repair what remained of her public persona. But perhaps she had now come to understand that her shaming wasn’t really about her at all. Social media is so perfectly designed to manipulate our desire for approval, and that is what led to her undoing. Her tormentors were instantly congratulated as they took Sacco down, bit by bit, and so they continued to do so. Their motivation was much the same as Sacco’s own — a bid for the attention of strangers — as she milled about Heathrow, hoping to amuse people she couldn’t see."
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life - NYTimes.com
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