From public shame to the courtroom
The writer Jon Ronson once observed that every day in the social media era, “a new person emerges as a magnificent hero or a sickening villain. It’s all very sweeping.” In his 2015 book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, his subjects found themselves beset by angry detractors for, say, an insensitive Twitter joke or Facebook photo. They lost jobs, received threats, even pondered suicide. And they mostly retreated from view until the shame storm passed.