John M. Becker

Watch: Monica Lewinsky Speaks Out Against Cyberbullying

Filed By John M. Becker | October 21, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: Monica Lewinsky, video

forbes-lewinsky-screenshot.jpgI'm watching this right now -- and I think it's fascinating. I'd love to hear your thoughts as well.

CNN reports:

Monica Lewinsky told an audience in Philadelphia on Monday that her new mission in life was to end cyberbullying. Her speech -- and her goal -- come as the former White House intern steps into the public eye after years of trying to live privately.

"Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too," she told the audience at Forbes' 30 Under 30 summit. "I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past."

Lewinsky, who as an intern in 1995 had an affair with President Bill Clinton, said she was "patient zero" of online harassment.

"There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then," she said. "But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded. Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly 'social media'."

Full transcript here, via Forbes.

Are you, like I am, old enough to remember when this story originally broke in 1998? Has hearing Monica tell her story changed the way you think about her and/or the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal?

Watch, after the break.

h/t: Joe. My. God.

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