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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Monica Lewinsky recently gave a Ted Talk where she spoke at length about her affair with former President Clinton and how it was the first major scandal 'brought to [us] by the digital revolution.' She spoke of what it was like to go from a virtual unknown to an overnight celebrity and the torment it caused her. It was an incredibly interesting look into what it was like to be 'patient zero' of cyber bullying and how it changed the trajectory of her entire life. She also discussed how a specific cyber bullying incident that brought a a gay college student to commit suicide helped her come back out of the shadows and find her new calling as an advocate for individuals on the receiving end of cyber bullies.

    You can watch the entire speech below:


    What did you think of her speech? I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with her poise and passion for the subject. I also have to think that this is the absolute last thing the Clinton's want to have to think about again as Hillary prepares to run for the Presidency again, but I applaud Ms. Lewinsky for not allowing other people to determine what she does with her life anymore and for saying that it's 'time to take back my narrative'
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    jaredsxtn Wrote: Monica Lewinsky recently gave a Ted Talk where she spoke at length about her affair with former President Clinton and how it was the first major scandal 'brought to [us] by the digital revolution.' She spoke of what it was like to go from a virtual unknown to an overnight celebrity and the torment it caused her. It was an incredibly interesting look into what it was like to be 'patient zero' of cyber bullying and how it changed the trajectory of her entire life. She also discussed how a specific cyber bullying incident where a gay college student committed suicide helped her come back out of the shadows and find her new calling as an advocate for individuals on the receiving end of cyber bullies.

    You can watch the entire speech below:


    What did you think of her speech? I have to say I was thoroughly impressed with her poise and passion for the subject. I also have to think that this is the absolute last thing the Clinton's want to have to think about again as Hillary prepares to run for the Presidency again, but I applaud Ms. Lewinsky for not allowing other people to determine what she does with her life anymore and for saying that it's 'time to take back my narrative'
    Just think about it......She gave Billy a BJ and got famous.Overnight. Damn. Kim got 5 million and Monica got called a slut. White privelge
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    Kim might have 5 million but Monica has something a lot more valuable that Kim will never have - CLASS.
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    pgr Wrote: Kim might have 5 million but Monica has something a lot more valuable that Kim will never have - CLASS.
    But why all the speeches now? Bullying? is she serious? No one cares. Bullying has been around kids forever. Now little Billy may committ suicide because someone called him a fatass on facebook. Monica Lewinski is no different than Kim Kardashian. The selfish need to be known, seen and heard. The desire of fame.
    Now we have self proclaimed Ambassadors of Cyber Bullying. This is the very reason this country is a joke. Everyone wants to be heard.
    Well.... I want to be heard.....HEY...KIM AND MONICA......SHUT UP AND GET REAL JOBS
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    Anything that brings in $$$$ is a real job! ;)
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    pgr Wrote: Anything that brings in $$$$ is a real job! ;)
    I agree somewhat. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton made millions of dollars early on in life having these same "jobs"
    They're all husltlers not workers or creators. They are all con men. Selling redemption at 10% of what everyone else earns. Osteen, Swaggart, Lewinski, and all the rest of them....creating a need (job) for themselves..... all stemming from cons.They all have great wisdom and insight to sell us in the represebntation of nonsense. ONLY IN AMERICA
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    I don't know that she has even a morsel of class. Let's all stop and think a moment. This witch rode this wave like a world class surfer. I would go as far as to suggest it was her plan. A couple of weeks ago I heard that ML was at an after party - after the Academy awards. I thought WHY ???????????????
    Then it dawned on me....... The repubs....... (the one's with too much money......) will employ her forever. I can't think of one moment when I thought she had class. She's equivalent to a person who gets bumped by a Fed Ex van then retires on her 45 million dollar settlement. Meanwhile it costs the rest of us a little bit more to Fed Ex something........ &#I)*@X!!^

    I must admit...... I haven't watched the above video. I don't like her so I won't watch the video. If I never hear her name again.....That's perfect.
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    TJ Wrote: I don't know that she has even a morsel of class. Let's all stop and think a moment. This witch rode this wave like a world class surfer. I would go as far as to suggest it was her plan. A couple of weeks ago I heard that ML was at an after party - after the Academy awards. I thought WHY ???????????????
    Then it dawned on me....... The repubs....... (the one's with too much money......) will employ her forever. I can't think of one moment when I thought she had class. She's equivalent to a person who gets bumped by a Fed Ex van then retires on her 45 million dollar settlement. Meanwhile it costs the rest of us a little bit more to Fed Ex something........ &#I)*@X!!^
    I think this is a bit much.

    She is working for a noble cause now, which is fighting the nameless and faceless cyber assholes who drive teenagers to commit suicide. I don't think that's selfish and I don't think she's doing it to become rich. Working for a nonprofit social welfare agency isn't typically the quickest route to strike it rich in America.

    She was used as a scapegoat for a President who couldn't keep his hands to himself and then driven underground for the next fifteen years. I don't think it's very fair to blame her for the former Presidents misgivings, nor do I think it's very fair to equate her to someone who was bumped by a Fed Ex van. She received no monetary settlement from the President or our Government, so that doesn't really make much sense. In fact, she was driven to near suicide and couldn't get a job, date other people, or do pretty much anything without getting noticed by the press for nearly fifteen years. If she was doing it for the money then she clearly chose the wrong avenue to do so.
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    Jared,
    But what's so different today than 30 years ago? Bullying has been around forever. These kids today have no balls, no back bone....cowards. Bullies never lasted in my day. They died young. Kids today are coddled and told just how "special" they are. Bullying then becomes an overwhelming event. I'm not buying it...and we sure as hell don't need Monica as the Bullying Ambassador. She created that event for herself. Life comes with consequences.
    Had she just kept her mouth shut she never becomes a spectacle. But NO, Monica had to go and tell someone........
    She's a coward herself.....She should have just owned it from the start and told America to mind it busiiness....BUT NO, she's overwhelmed and goes into hiding....That wasn't bullying....that was shame and guilt.
    Hey, you gave the Prez a BJ....so what...I don't care. She shouldn't have either. Do the crime..do the time.
    She seeks sympathy........there's not much educating about bullying. Sorry Monica, go start a homeless shelter and maybe I'll respect you.....but a simple BJ.....not even worth discussing.
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    [url=https://www.democratichub.com/user/77447.aspx">jaredsxtn[/url] Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: I don't know that she has even a morsel of class. Let's all stop and think a moment. This witch rode this wave like a world class surfer. I would go as far as to suggest it was her plan. A couple of weeks ago I heard that ML was at an after party - after the Academy awards. I thought WHY ???????????????
    Then it dawned on me....... The repubs....... (the one's with too much money......) will employ her forever. I can't think of one moment when I thought she had class. She's equivalent to a person who gets bumped by a Fed Ex van then retires on her 45 million dollar settlement. Meanwhile it costs the rest of us a little bit more to Fed Ex something........ &#I)*@X!!^
    I think this is a bit much.

    She is working for a noble cause now, which is fighting the nameless and faceless cyber assholes who drive teenagers to commit suicide. I don't think that's selfish and I don't think she's doing it to become rich. Working for a nonprofit social welfare agency isn't typically the quickest route to strike it rich in America.

    She was used as a scapegoat for a President who couldn't keep his hands to himself and then driven underground for the next fifteen years. I don't think it's very fair to blame her for the former Presidents misgivings, nor do I think it's very fair to equate her to someone who was bumped by a Fed Ex van. She received no monetary settlement from the President or our Government, so that doesn't really make much sense. In fact, she was driven to near suicide and couldn't get a job, date other people, or do pretty much anything without getting noticed by the press for nearly fifteen years. If she was doing it for the money then she clearly chose the wrong avenue to do so.



    I still say she has a lot of class! At least she's doing something to make life better for people unlike most all Republicans. Plus, she makes Hillary look like a witch;) AND, I liked her beret, personally.
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    When she chose not to wash the blue dress (or throw it away)........ she was investing in her retirement fund. I liked Bill Clinton. I agree he messed up. As L.A. said, she could have just shut up..... but there's no future in that.
    I didn't know what she's doing now. It sounds like a good start. Hell everybody needs a job eventually. My bet is that she'll be 70 years old and still talking about the choices she's had to make......Swallow..... or spit ? She'll get occasional checks from Fox news as long as she can repeat the sorted story.
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Jared,
    But what's so different today than 30 years ago? Bullying has been around forever. These kids today have no balls, no back bone....cowards. Bullies never lasted in my day. They died young. Kids today are coddled and told just how "special" they are. Bullying then becomes an overwhelming event. I'm not buying it...and we sure as hell don't need Monica as the Bullying Ambassador. She created that event for herself. Life comes with consequences.
    Had she just kept her mouth shut she never becomes a spectacle. But NO, Monica had to go and tell someone........
    She's a coward herself.....She should have just owned it from the start and told America to mind it busiiness....BUT NO, she's overwhelmed and goes into hiding....That wasn't bullying....that was shame and guilt.
    Hey, you gave the Prez a BJ....so what...I don't care. She shouldn't have either. Do the crime..do the time.
    She seeks sympathy........there's not much educating about bullying. Sorry Monica, go start a homeless shelter and maybe I'll respect you.....but a simple BJ.....not even worth discussing.
    l.a., if i had access to weaponry in high school i might have shot the whole phucquing place up. i grant that bullies are cowards. i also grant that technology makes things entirely different today. what is placed in cyber-space is there FOREVER. any society that condones violence deserves violence. humans are frightened mammals afraid of their own shadows. crowd behavior and sanctioned violence create havoc. whether it has "always been that way" or not is irrelevant. it changes nothing. sanctioned violence is unacceptable. and when it is in the hands of the state it is even worse. think militarized police. how often do we see stereotypes of latin american "national police" on television? want that in the u.s.?

    as for monica herself, that is a different issue. i have little to o sympathy for here regarding what happened. i grant that the human brain does not finish developing until around 25. that being said mrs. bird said that her mother told her that you do not go after or date married men. did monica not get the memo? or is power not just the best aphrodisiac but one that is beyond resistance? bill obviously has a johnson problem to put in gently. monica should have exhibited better judgement herself.
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    lonely bird Wrote:
    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Jared,
    But what's so different today than 30 years ago? Bullying has been around forever. These kids today have no balls, no back bone....cowards. Bullies never lasted in my day. They died young. Kids today are coddled and told just how "special" they are. Bullying then becomes an overwhelming event. I'm not buying it...and we sure as hell don't need Monica as the Bullying Ambassador. She created that event for herself. Life comes with consequences.
    Had she just kept her mouth shut she never becomes a spectacle. But NO, Monica had to go and tell someone........
    She's a coward herself.....She should have just owned it from the start and told America to mind it busiiness....BUT NO, she's overwhelmed and goes into hiding....That wasn't bullying....that was shame and guilt.
    Hey, you gave the Prez a BJ....so what...I don't care. She shouldn't have either. Do the crime..do the time.
    She seeks sympathy........there's not much educating about bullying. Sorry Monica, go start a homeless shelter and maybe I'll respect you.....but a simple BJ.....not even worth discussing.
    l.a., if i had access to weaponry in high school i might have shot the whole phucquing place up. i grant that bullies are cowards. i also grant that technology makes things entirely different today. what is placed in cyber-space is there FOREVER. any society that condones violence deserves violence. humans are frightened mammals afraid of their own shadows. crowd behavior and sanctioned violence create havoc. whether it has "always been that way" or not is irrelevant. it changes nothing. sanctioned violence is unacceptable. and when it is in the hands of the state it is even worse. think militarized police. how often do we see stereotypes of latin american "national police" on television? want that in the u.s.?

    as for monica herself, that is a different issue. i have little to o sympathy for here regarding what happened. i grant that the human brain does not finish developing until around 25. that being said mrs. bird said that her mother told her that you do not go after or date married men. did monica not get the memo? or is power not just the best aphrodisiac but one that is beyond resistance? bill obviously has a johnson problem to put in gently. monica should have exhibited better judgement herself.
    LB,

    The only computer activity I involve myself with is this forum. I'm not on facebook or any other social network. People take that shit way too damn serious. Everywhere I go... in cars, people walking, sitting at bus stops and train platforms....EVERYOPNE HAS THEIR FACE BURRIED IN THEIR CELL PHONES.... on these idiotic meaningless social networks.
    So what if information is there forever. People live their lives in these networks. They are not real interactions and people lie on these networks creating alter lives(or something to that effect)
    If any person wants to commit suicide over these idiotic statements made...I say "HAVE AT IT" Nothing said about me would ever cause me to consider killing myself. These are weak individuals. A society of entitled pussies. Young men are becoming softer than medical cotton. Q-TIPS
    This whole internet bullying stems from people being afraid to express themselves in front of people. They hide behind these monitors and spew nonsense. Facebook, myspace, youtube, twitter... a complete waste of time.
    To think that I can tweet while I shit on a toilet just to let everyone know is wasting the air that we all breathe.....So if anyone feels bullied on these cites....then go find a real activity and take ur ass off these cites. It's real simple.
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote:
    lonely bird Wrote:
    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Jared,
    But what's so different today than 30 years ago? Bullying has been around forever. These kids today have no balls, no back bone....cowards. Bullies never lasted in my day. They died young. Kids today are coddled and told just how "special" they are. Bullying then becomes an overwhelming event. I'm not buying it...and we sure as hell don't need Monica as the Bullying Ambassador. She created that event for herself. Life comes with consequences.
    Had she just kept her mouth shut she never becomes a spectacle. But NO, Monica had to go and tell someone........
    She's a coward herself.....She should have just owned it from the start and told America to mind it busiiness....BUT NO, she's overwhelmed and goes into hiding....That wasn't bullying....that was shame and guilt.
    Hey, you gave the Prez a BJ....so what...I don't care. She shouldn't have either. Do the crime..do the time.
    She seeks sympathy........there's not much educating about bullying. Sorry Monica, go start a homeless shelter and maybe I'll respect you.....but a simple BJ.....not even worth discussing.
    l.a., if i had access to weaponry in high school i might have shot the whole phucquing place up. i grant that bullies are cowards. i also grant that technology makes things entirely different today. what is placed in cyber-space is there FOREVER. any society that condones violence deserves violence. humans are frightened mammals afraid of their own shadows. crowd behavior and sanctioned violence create havoc. whether it has "always been that way" or not is irrelevant. it changes nothing. sanctioned violence is unacceptable. and when it is in the hands of the state it is even worse. think militarized police. how often do we see stereotypes of latin american "national police" on television? want that in the u.s.?

    as for monica herself, that is a different issue. i have little to o sympathy for here regarding what happened. i grant that the human brain does not finish developing until around 25. that being said mrs. bird said that her mother told her that you do not go after or date married men. did monica not get the memo? or is power not just the best aphrodisiac but one that is beyond resistance? bill obviously has a johnson problem to put in gently. monica should have exhibited better judgement herself.
    LB,

    The only computer activity I involve myself with is this forum. I'm not on facebook or any other social network. People take that shit way too damn serious. Everywhere I go... in cars, people walking, sitting at bus stops and train platforms....EVERYOPNE HAS THEIR FACE BURRIED IN THEIR CELL PHONES.... on these idiotic meaningless social networks.
    So what if information is there forever. People live their lives in these networks. They are not real interactions and people lie on these networks creating alter lives(or something to that effect)
    If any person wants to commit suicide over these idiotic statements made...I say "HAVE AT IT" Nothing said about me would ever cause me to consider killing myself. These are weak individuals. A society of entitled pussies. Young men are becoming softer than medical cotton. Q-TIPS
    This whole internet bullying stems from people being afraid to express themselves in front of people. They hide behind these monitors and spew nonsense. Facebook, myspace, youtube, twitter... a complete waste of time.
    To think that I can tweet while I shit on a toilet just to let everyone know is wasting the air that we all breathe.....So if anyone feels bullied on these cites....then go find a real activity and take ur ass off these cites. It's real simple.
    i assume that your age is probably much closer to mine (58) than a teenager's. so it is not surprising that you are not on social media much. i am not either. i have no reason to put every single thought or activity i have into cyber-space. but the creation of social media is the evolution of communication. just as my parents (both now dead) would have struggled with computers so most baby boomers do not use social media nearly as much as gen x-ers, gen y-ers, millennial etc. but much like rumors spread when i was a child and teen, damage to the psyche is real whether cyber or physical reality. human beings are disgusting, frightened little mammals that lash out at the "other" for simply being the "other." psychological frailty has nothing to do with physical strength or weakness. you wouldn't commit suicide. neither would i. both statements are irrelevant to bullying. do you think a combat veteran who comes home emotionally shattered and commits suicide because he/she cannot handle the psychological stress is "weak"? we know, science knows, that the human brain is nowhere near fully developed until about 25. is it any wonder that children and teens are vulnerable? of course not.

    as for social media don't look now but companies, run by a-type personality males, understand that social media can destroy their business. they understand that online reputation can destroy their business. change in communication methods is here to stay. we can debate whether or not the change is good or bad but that has become irrelevant. and just so you know i do agree to a degree as to the pointlessness of much of it. but nobody asked my opinion when zuckerberg et al created it.
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    L.A. Citizen Wrote:
    lonely bird Wrote:
    L.A. Citizen Wrote: Jared,
    But what's so different today than 30 years ago? Bullying has been around forever. These kids today have no balls, no back bone....cowards. Bullies never lasted in my day. They died young. Kids today are coddled and told just how "special" they are. Bullying then becomes an overwhelming event. I'm not buying it...and we sure as hell don't need Monica as the Bullying Ambassador. She created that event for herself. Life comes with consequences.
    Had she just kept her mouth shut she never becomes a spectacle. But NO, Monica had to go and tell someone........
    She's a coward herself.....She should have just owned it from the start and told America to mind it busiiness....BUT NO, she's overwhelmed and goes into hiding....That wasn't bullying....that was shame and guilt.
    Hey, you gave the Prez a BJ....so what...I don't care. She shouldn't have either. Do the crime..do the time.
    She seeks sympathy........there's not much educating about bullying. Sorry Monica, go start a homeless shelter and maybe I'll respect you.....but a simple BJ.....not even worth discussing.
    l.a., if i had access to weaponry in high school i might have shot the whole phucquing place up. i grant that bullies are cowards. i also grant that technology makes things entirely different today. what is placed in cyber-space is there FOREVER. any society that condones violence deserves violence. humans are frightened mammals afraid of their own shadows. crowd behavior and sanctioned violence create havoc. whether it has "always been that way" or not is irrelevant. it changes nothing. sanctioned violence is unacceptable. and when it is in the hands of the state it is even worse. think militarized police. how often do we see stereotypes of latin american "national police" on television? want that in the u.s.?

    as for monica herself, that is a different issue. i have little to o sympathy for here regarding what happened. i grant that the human brain does not finish developing until around 25. that being said mrs. bird said that her mother told her that you do not go after or date married men. did monica not get the memo? or is power not just the best aphrodisiac but one that is beyond resistance? bill obviously has a johnson problem to put in gently. monica should have exhibited better judgement herself.
    LB,

    The only computer activity I involve myself with is this forum. I'm not on facebook or any other social network. People take that shit way too damn serious. Everywhere I go... in cars, people walking, sitting at bus stops and train platforms....EVERYOPNE HAS THEIR FACE BURRIED IN THEIR CELL PHONES.... on these idiotic meaningless social networks.
    So what if information is there forever. People live their lives in these networks. They are not real interactions and people lie on these networks creating alter lives(or something to that effect)
    If any person wants to commit suicide over these idiotic statements made...I say "HAVE AT IT" Nothing said about me would ever cause me to consider killing myself. These are weak individuals. A society of entitled pussies. Young men are becoming softer than medical cotton. Q-TIPS
    This whole internet bullying stems from people being afraid to express themselves in front of people. They hide behind these monitors and spew nonsense. Facebook, myspace, youtube, twitter... a complete waste of time.
    To think that I can tweet while I shit on a toilet just to let everyone know is wasting the air that we all breathe.....So if anyone feels bullied on these cites....then go find a real activity and take ur ass off these cites. It's real simple.
    L.A. sure; I just wonder on how this society wll look over 10 years; like I said before "the tools/media/churches/army etc." wil do the thinkng for the people here; brains are optional and are only used to push the buttons or touch the screen. People without these gadgets wil become the "silent" underdogs.