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Can shame save the world?

Public shaming is back on the agenda. From fears of being photographed eating on the tube, to apps that erase pics from the night before – the spectre of public criticism looms large. Has social media revived this age-old mechanism of control? Or can shame be a force for positive change? 

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Heaven forbid if you’re caught with your pants down in 2015. Public shaming is back on the agenda, claims Jon Ronson in his book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. [1] With a global rather than local audience, a platform more accessible than the village pillory, and a presence more pervasive than the Panopticon, social media has revived, modified and intensified this age-old mechanism of control.

From fears of being photographed eating lunch on the tube and the proliferation of revenge porn, to apps such as Clear that erase regrettable social media posts – ...

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