NYT article about the fallout from public shaming.. in The Chat Board Posted February 13, 2015 There are three things I see in play: 1. Permanence and worldwide instant dissemination 2. Mobs are opportunistic and unsympathetic And most of all 3. All information becomes equal in the eyes of "the public" online. Expertise means very little, which mean conspiracy and hyperbole are given equal audience with truth. Contrition means almost nothing.