Today's piece for the Daily Banter, the last before the holiday weekend, takes a look at the internet furor over a young woman named Lindsey Stone. If you don't know who she is and what she did -- you're probably really lucky.
Here's the opening shot:
"Anybody who’s kept up with me on my site, here, or at the Huffington Post knows that I have a habit of defending people who say really dumb things, particularly if those dumb these were intended to get a laugh. The issue as far as I’m concerned isn’t that you shouldn’t expect to face criticism if you say or do something that could easily be perceived as offensive — it’s simply that, with the rise of the internet as a global forum for shaming, retribution and general piling-on, the backlash to a perceived offense is usually so loud and so organized these days that it in short order winds up being anything but a proportional response.
Case in point, America’s newest internet pariah: Lindsey Stone."
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