As a social activist, Monica Lewinsky’s passion is to advocate for a safer social media environment. As a public speaker, writer, producer and contributor to Vanity Fair she addresses such topics as survival, resilience, digital reputation and equality. Lewinsky became known to the public in 1998, when it was revealed as part of a federal investigation that she had had an intimate relationship with then President Bill Clinton. Overnight, at just 24 years old, she went unwillingly, from being an entirely private individual to a public figure on the global stage.
The Price of Shame
Based on her TED talk that has been viewed over 16 million times, Monica discusses how through online content, shaming others to make a profit has become commonplace. At the age of 24, she went from a private citizen to a humiliated public figure due to the expansive nature of the internet-centered news cycle. Now, in the age of social media, Monica provides insight into the painful realities of cyberbullying and online harassment. In her speech, she mixes her own experiences of public humiliation enhanced by the digital revolution with ways to find compassion and empathy through social media.