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Shame and blame in the internet age

What happened to the dream of online democracy asks Jon Ronson in his new book which tackles the spectre of “social media shaming”

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Reviewing Jon Ronson’s new book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” this week, India Knight described it as “terrifying”. She was right. It’s a highly unsettling exploration of what Ronson calls “social media shaming”—the kind of thing that ended up destroying the career of the American PR executive Justine Sacco, after a joke she tweeted as she was getting on a flight to South Africa went wrong.

In the book, Sacco…

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