So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

Teachers and parents! Struggling with distance learning? Our Teacher Edition on So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed can help.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Terms

Spambot/infomorph

A spambot (or infomorph) is a program that creates algorithmically generated content and posts it online, often on Twitter. Sometimes spambots use neural networks or the language of existing Tweets from a specific user to… read analysis of Spambot/infomorph

4chan

4chan is a website that consists of anonymous public forums and message boards dedicated to wide-ranging topics. 4chan sees tens of millions of users visit the site each month—and it has become a hotbed of… read analysis of 4chan

Pillory

A pillory was a wooden frame with holes for the head and hands, in which a transgressor was held and subjected to public abuse and ridicule. read analysis of Pillory

Stop-and-Frisk

Stop-and-frisk was a New York City Police Department practice of stopping, questioning, and frisking (or searching) civilians on the street, especially in low-income, high-crime neighborhoods. In the early 2010s, the NYPD reported stopping and frisking… read analysis of Stop-and-Frisk

Feedback loop

A feedback loop is a psychological phenomenon in which one is given instantaneous feedback on their behavior, either incentivizing that behavior to continue or incentivizing changes to that behavior. Jon Ronson points to the example… read analysis of Feedback loop
Get the entire So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed LitChart as a printable PDF.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed PDF

Deindividuation

Deindividuation is a proposed (but hotly contested) psychological phenomenon in which uninhibited behavior becomes easier and more acceptable in violent crowds and mobs. read analysis of Deindividuation