Episode 80 – Public Shaming

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Episode 80 – Public Shaming

shame-on-youSome interesting discussions popped up around the selection of this year’s Miss America. Social networks were ablaze with this story from BuzzFeed which chronicled many racist Tweets about the crowing of Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to win the title. From there, Ben Kuchera at Penny Arcade and Alyssa Rosenberg from Think Progress posted responses to the idea that public shaming might be used as a learning tool in these situations. We discuss the idea of public shaming and whether or not it is an effective tactic for dealing with ideological differences.

We also WRaP this week with an excited discussion about what we are Watching, Reading, and Playing. It’s fall so some of our favorite shows have NEW EPISODES! A first since we started our WRaP sessions this summer. What show are you greatly anticipating?

We would love to hear your comments about public shaming. Have you tried this approach before? How well has it worked? Not worked? Leave us a comment or two so we can continue the discussion.

Until next time, game on!

Regina & Rhonda

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.


  1. Absolutely not. Praise in public.
    If you shame in Public, the person is going to feel embarrised, angry and ashamed. Shaming in public is just bullying. That what a lot of schools are trying to get rid of. It's not going to solve anything on either side. Better to walk along side each other and help each other out.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree. This is actually one of the few episodes where Rhonda and I are on the same page about this. Shame is generally an emotion that has to come from within. When it is forced on someone it becomes bullying, like you said, or worse abuse. Have you read the articles we talk about? I would be interested in what you think about their perspectives.

    Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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