Monica Lewinsky calls for 'revolution' in online news, return to 'compassion and empathy'

Monica Lewinsky calls for 'revolution' in online news, return to 'compassion and empathy'
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Monica Lewinsky called for a "cultural revolution" in online news on Tuesday, seeking a more "compassionate" internet culture. 

The former White House intern turned anti-bullying advocate said at a Washington, D.C., meeting of the International Association of Privacy Professionals that shaming culture online has "mushroomed" since the 1990s scandal that put her in international headlines.

The controversy, she said, wouldn't have hit so hard in a "smaller and much less crowded media landscape" if it had come out in the days before the era of online news readership.


“So as far as our culture of humiliation goes, what we need is a cultural revolution. Public shaming as a blood sport has to stop. It’s time for an intervention in our culture and on the internet. The shift begins with something simple, but it’s actually not easy to do. We need to return to a long held value of compassion. Compassion and empathy," Lewinsky said in her speech, as reported by the Washington Examiner

"Just imagine walking a mile in someone else’s headline," she added. 

The comments by Lewinski, 44, who has described herself as "patient zero" of online bullying, echo the message of her anti-cyberbullying message, "Click With Compassion." 

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Ending cyberbullying begins with "evolving our beliefs," Lewinsky said, noting the cultural changes on issues such as gay rights and racism. 

"With every click we actually make a choice," Lewinski said. "The more we saturate our culture with public shaming and the more we invade privacy, the more accepted it is."