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Published:February 23rd, 2014 10:36 EST

Public Humiliation: From Stocks & Pillory to Online Slut-Shaming! Video!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"A photo posted online of a Calgary woman standing with her dog as it defecated on a gravesite has sparked a debate on public shaming.

It all started at St. Mary`s Cemetery in the city`s southwest " a place that clearly states "no dogs within this area.`

In an obvious attempt to shame the pet owner, the photographer posted the picture to the online forum"

CBC News

In Colonial America stocks and pillory were employed to publicly humiliate petty criminals. Nearly every town had instruments of public humiliation, usually at the town square.

Today technology, namely Smartphones and social media, has brought public humiliation back in vogue.

Surveillance cameras and cell phones are ubiquitous, and we should always be cognizant that somebody is watching us. There is no privacy anymore, and if we behave inappropriately in public we shouldn`t be surprised if we become an unwitting star on YouTube.

The woman who let her pooch crap on a gravesite was pilloried online, and I can only add that she got exactly what she deserved.

Feminists and other assorted riff raff get their panties in a bunch whenever a bimbo celeb is slut-shamed online for making a mockery of social norms. But when a Miley Cyrus or a Nicki Minaj is blasted on social media and online forums for stepping over the line from clever marketing into cheap and vulgar publicity stunts, it`s society`s way of keeping these tramps in line.

There is nothing more democratic and egalitarian than a humble blogger slut-shaming a skanky celeb who thinks she is above everyone else. The Internet has leveled the playing field, and now anyone with an Internet connection can speak truth to power, and bring down a haughty celeb a notch or two.

Anonymous trolls and sniveling cowards can cross the line from exposing aberrant behavior into stalking and slander, but anyone who uses his real name and maintains a modicum of civility has a right to be heard and to be taken seriously.

Whether you are a world-famous entertainer or an average Joe, think before you engage in suspect behavior in public! It`s a Brave New World, and all the world`s a stage.

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