Humiliation via the World Wide Web

In the age of Google and YouTube, anybody can become a celebrity, villain, or laughingstock in no time.

In the age of Google and YouTube, anybody can become a celebrity, villain, or laughingstock in no time. All it takes, for example, is for someone to publicly post another's (embarrassing) private video online, which is what happened to one Canadian teen acting out a scene from Star Wars.

There are also those Web sites out there with the purpose of shaming others. These sites criticize ex-lovers and dress down lousy tippers. But some anonymous postings can greatly harm the reputations of people, with the posters suffering no repercussions.

Read the full Newsweek story at: "The flip side of Internet fame"

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    Tito Estrada is a news producer at CNET News. He occasionally blogs on the quirky nature of the Net. E-mail Tito.

     

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