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Against online public shaming: ethical problems with mass social media

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posted on 05.08.2020, 08:35 by Guy AitchisonGuy Aitchison, Saladin Meckled-Garcia
Online Public Shaming (OPS) is a form of norm enforcement that involves collectively imposing reputational costs on a person for having a certain kind of moral character. OPS actions aim to disqualify her from public discussion and certain normal human relations. We argue that this constitutes an informal collective punishment that it is presumptively wrong to impose (or seek to impose) on others. OPS functions as a form of ostracism that fails to show equal basic respect to its targets. Additionally, in seeking to mobilise unconstrained collective power with potentially serious punitive consequences, OPS is incompatible with due process values.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Social Theory and Practice

Volume

47

Issue

1

Pages

1 - 31

Publisher

Philosophy Documentation Center

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© Social Theory and Practice

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This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Social Theory and Practice and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.5840/soctheorpract20201117109.

Acceptance date

29/05/2020

Publication date

2020-11-19

ISSN

0037-802X

eISSN

2154-123X

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Guy Aitchison Cornish. Deposit date: 4 August 2020

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