The brave new world of the digital age makes it possible for millions to share in your humiliation.
Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, was found by her mother in the bathroom of their family home in Nova Scotia shortly after she hanged herself.Her family said her suicide was the result of almost two years of bullying and depression after a photo purporting to show her being raped by four boys went viral and spread through her school in Dartmouth.
One of the by-products of digital technology is that suddenly virtually everything you say or do can be recorded and disseminated. At one time a lot of people's actions were known only to themselves and God. No longer. But the technology is so new that most of us have not adapted our lives to this truth, especially if you are 15 years old and go to a party and drink 'till you throw up.