Saturday, March 23, 2013

The ethics of naming and shaming.

The ethics of naming and shaming.: Lately I've been pondering the practice of responding to bad behavior by calling public attention to it.The most recent impetus for my thinking about it was this tech blogger's response to behavior that felt unwelcoming at a conference (behavior that seems, in fact, to have run afoul of that conference's official written policies)*, but there are plenty of other examples one might find of "naming and shaming": the discussion (on blogs and in other media outlets) of University of Chicago neuroscientist Dario Maestripieri's comments about female attendees of the Society for Neuroscience meeting , the Office of Research Integrity's posting of findings of scientific misconduct investigations , the occasional instructor who promises to publicly shame students who cheat in his class, and actually follows through on the promise . [More]