Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Empathy: Monica Lewsinky interview

I was really impressed by this article about Monica Lewinsky that appeared in The Guardian newspaper:

‘The shame sticks to you like tar’
Nearly 20 years ago, Monica Lewinsky found herself at the heart of a political storm. Now she’s turned that dark time into a force for good.

I was really impressed by her comments here:
She came up with her most recent endeavour after some teenagers told her how hard it can be to find the right words. They’d see their friends being bullied online and wouldn’t know what to say. “I realised,” she says, “that our brains process images faster than text, which means the fastest way you can help – the least amount of time between someone feeling alone and upset, and feeling just a tiny bit better – is with an image.” And so she pitched an idea to Vodafone. Could she design a keyboard of anti-bullying gifs and emojis for them? “And now you can get them on all carriers,” she says. “Look. Let me show you…”
And here are the emojis:

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