The Case For Public Shaming of Vancouver Rioters
I am Captain Vancouver and this is my case for the public shaming of those involved in the Vancouver riots of June 15th, 2011. Traditionally, before the advent of modern-day prison systems, public shaming was the norm in society. There are failures in our court system especially when dealing with hard to win trials. This shall occur when these rioter’s themselves go on trial and it is why I am moving to publically shame those involved.
These young men and women IF they get prosecuted will most likely be given probation, perhaps fines, community service etc. If they do end up with a criminal record, they will also (if given a savvy enough lawyer) be able to have that black mark removed. At the end of it all, the consequences are minor.
Public shaming however reveals their faces, their names and ultimately has longer lasting effect. There are those who would say that our court system is for the public record to view. When was the last time the average person sat in on a trial and read court transcripts? They are all there for the viewing to see. Public shaming thru the use of social media and blogging shall place them into a world that is engraved into history. It shall be chiseled into the hard stone of the internet and last eternally.
When a person’s name is typed into google or any search engine, especially if they are relative nobody’s, they do pop up on the first page during the search. More and more of today’s employers are googling the names of the people who apply for jobs. I know when I run my company, I wouldn’t hire the people I saw rioting in the streets of my city. So if they show up in a search 5 years from now, let them explain in their job interview’s how they’ve “all grown up now”. Roll the dice and see if they still get the job.
If anyone thinks I’m being too hard, then consider this. We are witnessing the generation born in the world of social-media. We witnessed the glee as they snapped photos, tweeted, all excited to pose on shots so that they could then post them up on their Facebook walls. Let them suffer the consequences thru the same media that they believed would bring them fame. Let them suffer in the same way they had brought shame to our city. Captain Vancouver will now be your judge.
Please send in your photos with confirmed names and any other details. CaptainVancouver@ymail.com
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