Shame on You: Public Humiliation as Punishment

By Martijn Icks Social media have made public shaming all too easy. With great frequency, cries of moral indignation resound on the Internet, aimed at persons who have allegedly misbehaved or uttered disgraceful statements. These people suddenly find themselves beleaguered by digital torch-and-pitchfork mobs, ready to slaughter their good name. They are lambasted in furious... Continue Reading →

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On #MeToo and Brandjacking of Social Movement Campaigns

Clearly, a brandjacked and counterfeited social cause is a serious issue. When pinpointing and punishing a few guilty scapegoats is generally prescribed as a solution to a complex issue, there is less urgency to promote real structural changes. By trivializing the campaign, multiple influencers with vested interests stonewall the necessary development of numerous matters such as women’s autonomy, broken legal systems, and institutionalized structural violence in Hollywood.

The Character Assassination Check List

by Eric Shiraev, Ph.D. These days we receive lots of emails, postings, and other comments related to our work. Many messages come from people we already know very well - they are our daily colleagues, nearby and distant research associates, and students. We also receive comments from those who we don’t know that well yet,... Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Bureaucratic Leadership: When There is No Character to Assassinate

By Sergei Samoilenko In March 2017, Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most famous anti-corruption activist, and his Anti-Corruption Foundation launched a large-scale investigation campaign “Don’t Call Him Dimon.”  An investigative video posted on YouTube accused Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister and former president of Russia, of creating a corrupt network of charity foundations and soliciting bribes from... Continue Reading →

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