Review: Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’

April 24, 2015 4:47 PM

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Review: Jon Ronson’s ‘So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed’

A man at a tech conference made an off-color joke to a friend; someone overheard, took offense and posted his picture online. A woman posed for a photo making a rude gesture at Arlington National Cemetery and, meaning to amuse her friends, uploaded it to Facebook. Another woman sent out a tweet intended as irreverent satire that came off as racism.

Word spread, posts and photos shared. Next thing you know, these people were facing vilification via Internet — a torrent of criticism, insults and even death threats from around the world — essentially for making bad jokes. This modern form of punishment, Jon Ronson argues in So You’ve Been Publicl...

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