But let's also remember Jacintha Saldanha -- the nurse who took the hoax call by two Australian radio disc jockeys who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles. Saldanha committed suicide after leaving notes explaining why.
It is now possible to humiliate somebody on such a scale that a person can almost literally be embarrassed to death.
The Te'o situation says more about a society that not only stoops to this level to simply embarrass someone but then piles on by melting Twitter over a non-story.
This we know: Bullying includes an audience.