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The Internet has normalised collective shaming. What are the political costs?

From fraternity houses to welfare applications, shame has long circulated in public life. A new book seeks to broaden our understanding of this complex and often destructive emotion

The US police follow and search young black men who are wearing surgical masks to protect themselves from Covid-19. A spurned boyfriend sits in front of his computer posting graphic descriptions of sex with his former partner. A judge orders a shoplifter to stand outside a department store holding a sign saying: “I am a dirty thief.” A teacher sends a disobedient boy to the naughty step. The Jeremy Kyle Show, which was…

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