Is ‘twitter shaming’ fair?

Is ‘twitter shaming’ fair?

In case you didn’t hear about it, an obnoxiously drunk gal on an airplane caused a ruckus earlier this month. Why would you know about this particular young party girl? Because the play-by-play was recorded on twitter by an editor for the show, Modern Family.  If you missed it, you can read it here.

So millions of people now know about this young lady’s episode because she happened to be sitting in front of the wrong person at the wrong time.

That someone had enough time on her hands (who wouldn’t sitting idly on a plane?) and was so bothered by this woman’s drunken antics that she felt compelled to shame her on twitter. And then post a picture at the end of the 65-tweet play-by-play.

For the record, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love the picture — and I’m sure I’m not the only one! I’m so glad she posted it because it perfectly justified the picture I had in my head as I read the author’s described dialogue. And I may have some friends that remind me of her, but that’s another story.

To my point — I wanted to see if people thought twitter shaming was acceptable. Personally, I’m on the fence. Part of me thinks, ‘if you’re going to get hammered and disrupt an otherwise peaceful plane ride, and say ridiculous/hilarious things while doing so, you deserve to be found out!’ And the other part of me (sometimes I can’t drown out my mom’s voice) thinks, ‘how would I feel if it were me?’

In a world where anything you do in public can be recorded and stored on the internet for years and haunt you forever, is it fair to twitter-shame?

Laura Scharfeld