Summary of The Price of Shame

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Monica Lewinsky, the poster child of online shaming, decries today’s “culture of humiliation.”


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When the story of Monica Lewinsky’s affair with Bill Clinton, then US president, broke online in 1998, Lewinsky was virtually skewered and vilified. In her words, “I was patient zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, cyberbullying and online cruelty have created “a culture of humiliation.” Lewinsky now speaks out against cyberattacks, advocating for compassion and empathy both on- and offline. getAbstract admires Lewinsky’s courage to step back into the limelight and believes her personal story will move and inspire you.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Monica Lewinsky’s participation in the 1998 political scandal affected her,
  • What factors exacerbate the current “culture of humiliation” online and
  • How you can counteract the proliferation of cyberbullying.


At the age of 22, Monica Lewinsky made a poor judgment call. She fell in love with her boss, a married man, who happened to be the president of the United States. In 1998, when the scandal broke on the ...
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Monica Lewinsky is a social activist who advocates for creating a safe and supportive online culture.

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