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When public shaming is on the Internet, it can get brutal

Riverhead Books

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When you messed up nearly 200 years ago, you were publicly shamed with a stay in stocks and pillories.

Eventually we decided public humiliation was uncivilized, and the practice was phased out.

Now, shaming is back in a big way, thanks in no small part to the Internet.

It's a fascinating and frightening trend tackled by Jon Ronson in "So You've Been Publicly Shamed."

Ronson will read at Skylight Books in Los Feliz on Monday, April 6th at 7:30p