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This thoughtful and compassionate piece by TED’s social media editor, Nadia Goodman, deserves a read. I remember at the time of the original scandal thinking that Monica Lewinsky’s life would never be the same again. And, it turns out, it wasn’t. As someone who was bullied for years in school myself, I particularly appreciate Goodman’s message here of proactively showing what is, and is not, acceptable on message boards so that “the tone does change. Together, we have the power to protect the most vulnerable among us.”

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As TED’s social media editor, I have seen a lot of nasty comments. I’ve seen grown men and women deride a 14-year-old girl for her choice of dress. I’ve seen them say they’re revolted by a beautiful transgender woman. On every talk about race, I’ve seen a slew of racist comments. But none have ever been as bad as the comments we got when we published Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, The Price of Shame. At least at first.

When Monica spoke at TED2015, held in March in Vancouver, the audience in the room received her with warmth and generosity of spirit. Many who’d had reservations were swayed by her talk. We saw this kind, vulnerable, strong woman who wanted to be heard — a woman who knew what was at stake for the victims of public shaming and who deeply hoped to get her message right. For someone scarred…

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About Gabriella West

Indie writer/editor and author of historical novel TIME OF GRACE and contemporary LGBT romance ELSIE STREET.
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