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?
Emmajo Read is a writer and copywriter based in London. She has a bachelor’s degree Sociology and a master’s in Cultural and Critical Studies. For Canvas8, she’s written about everything from sex and solitude to pet parents and veganism. She’s also written for Protein and DJ Magazine.
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