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 …
Because of distributed influence away from religious leaders, and politicians, popular comedians are increasingly replacing the traditional press as primary opinion leaders.
It seems that at least for now, sexual hypocrisy will be punished, but firearm hypocrisy will not be.
The election of Donald Trump notwithstanding, Americans have long held rather prim views about the private lives and characters of their politicians. Divorce, infidelity, and other “morality scandals” continually prompt hand-wringing apology speeches delivered to the public.