So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

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Ted Poe is a Houston judge turned representative for Texas’s Second Congressional District. As a judge, Poe was notorious for meting out unusual punishments to lawbreakers. For instance, he offered a young man who’d killed two people driving drunk the chance to forgo prison time if he agreed to publicly carry around a sign that read “I KILLED TWO PEOPLE WHILE DRIVING DRUNK” once a month for ten years, carry a picture of the victims in his wallet, and complete other tasks that would remind him of his mistake.
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Ted Poe Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

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Chapter 4: God That Was Awesome
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The day after meeting with Justine Sacco, Ronson traveled to D.C. to meet with Ted Poe, a Houston judge turned representative for Texas’s Second Congressional District. As a judge, Poe gained... (full context)
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During his meeting with Poe, Poe gleefully told Ronson about some of his favorite shamings. Ronson asked Poe if he... (full context)
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Ronson was even more confused when Poe told him that social media shamings were worse than the shamings he himself had devised... (full context)