Ted Talks

Ted Talk Thursday #3|Jon Ronson: When online shaming spirals out of control

Happy Thursday folks!

I hope that you enjoyed Chimamanda’s talk last week. What a refreshing talk.

This week I’m sharing a talk given by Jon Ronson, author of the Psychopath Test book which highlights how we interact online and how we hide behind the protection of the internet, inadvertently becoming bullies when we respond to outrageous attention-seeking posts of others. The story of Justine Sacco and her tasteless Twitter joke and how it ultimately ruined her career, is a shocking exploration at how we use the internet…and its darker side.

**Please be warned that this talk contains some strong language**

Thought provoking and sad…

Did this talk make you rethink how you interact and portray yourself on the internet?


5 thoughts on “Ted Talk Thursday #3|Jon Ronson: When online shaming spirals out of control

    1. Don’t mention it Khaya. I love sharing TED talks because I feel like I learn so much about the world, different life experiences and love sharing them with willing listeners. Thanks for sharing Siyanda’s talk. I’m going to take a listen! 🙂

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  1. This is a brilliant TED Talk. Thanks for sharing. I don’t use Twitter – I don’t really see the point of it. This made me feel assured that Twitter is not for me. We live in a world where ‘death by media’ almost seems to have replaced the role that public executions used have, when people used to gather to watch people get their comeuppance. It’s just bizzare.

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    1. Hi Debra! Thanks for your comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the talk. It is quite a shocking reminder of the fact that by being bloggers and having an online presence, you do have to be careful sometimes. I like Twitter for keeping me updated on book news and little updates which may not warrant an entire blog post. That said, I totally agree with your last point about the ‘death by media’ phenomenon.

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