Elwood Corbin - Too Scared To Tell

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If honesty is a virtue, why is society all too willing to ostracize those who tell the truth? Call them tattletales, squealers, rats or snitches, we don’t use very nice words to describe someone who’s willing to speak up when they witness wrongdoing. Too Scared to Tell: The dark side of telling the truth, by author Elwood Corbin, examines the extreme paradox of whistle blowing. The penalties, and contradictions, of snitching transcends age. A child or an adult can be equally admonished for being a snitch or, alternatively, punished for not saying something which could prevent tragedy. It’s a catch twenty-two no matter which way you look at it, according to Corbin. But how did we get here?

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