The Tinder Swindler: Our Fascination with the Suffering of Others

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Pop culture often romanticizes con artists, overlooking the devastation they cause. True crime and ‘art of the con’ fans are flocking to Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler. As Erin Jensen (2022) points out, serves up a topic sure to attract attention: a “reality” show that combines dating, glamour and riches, cons, broken hearts, and the desire for revenge. But should the defrauding…

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Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Dr. Pamela Rutledge

Pamela Rutledge is a media psychologist, prof, writer, researcher & consultant, looking for the ‘why’ that drives media consumption, meaning & impact.