I, personally, no longer take part in the ecstatic public condemnation of people unless they’ve committed a transgression that has an actual victim, and even then not as much as I probably should. I miss the fun a little. But it feels like when I became a vegetarian. I missed the steak, although not as much as I’d anticipated, but I could no longer ignore the slaughterhouse.
Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
I’ll never forget this story:
Context: It was simply a legal technicality. Something to do with homeowners and legal and medical insurance. The medical insurance wouldn’t pay the bills. So, she sued the nephew for, like, one dollar. The home owners insurance covered all the money.
She’s still on great terms with her sister and nephew. They laughed about it. “Oh, you sued me. Lol.”
But she still got vilified world-wide because, well, no one bothered to check the real story.