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Old 01-10-2019, 08:01 PM
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I often wonder what becomes of people who experience really embarrassing situations or behaviors that end up as viral stories. It could be stuff of their own making—like throwing an adult temper tantrum or making a gaffe like the radio hosts that did a bit about the royal baby that unintentionally resulted in the hospital worker’s suicide. Or the college professor that had some sort of mental break where she was cutting kids hair and singing the national anthem.

Someone who has been a huge story like that...How do they face the day? Are there counselors who specialize in public humiliation?

Do you know anyone this has happened to? Did you support them in the aftermath?

We all do things we’re not proud of from time to time — to different degrees— but in this world where everyone has a camera, a person could make a mistake that permanently follows them. I feel bad when it’s something beyond their control such as a mental breakdown.
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Old Today, 09:14 AM
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I'd feel bad too...if were something beyond their control.

I wasn't aware (though) that singing the national anthem while cutting hair was considered a form of mental breakdown.
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Old Today, 10:06 AM
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I think there's one saving grace to viral videos. The fame or infamy are short-lived.

I think a lot of us have experienced SOME kind of public humiliation. I have. Crazy embarassing at the time...but it's a funny story now. Granted, my situation did not go viral...but really...the audience was big enough to be embarassing...does it really matter if it was 20 people or 20,000? Not really. Or at least...I don't think there's much difference, to me.
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Old Today, 10:25 AM
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This book,
Click: A Story of Cyberbullying Hardcover – November 6, 2018
by Alexandra Philips,
focuses on this topic in the form of cyber bullying.

It details the girl's issues in mostly picture form, and then how she overcame those issues.

Basically, she found different things to focus on and avoided some things and people online to change her life.

Unless you've done something considered criminal, just focus on improving yourself and maybe even minimizing social contact for awhile if you end up in a situation like this except amongst closest friends.
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