Introducing Online Vitriol
In ‘How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life’ (New York Times
Magazine, 12 February 2015) Welsh journalist Jon Ronson investigated the
effect on victims of public shaming through social media platforms and
compared it to the history of public shaming as a form of punishment.
Such punishments (the stocks, the pillory, the whipping pole) have gone out of practice, in part because they were considered too humiliating and socially annihilating for the person undergoing the punishment. Ronson finds a clear parallel in the effects of online public shaming in the victims of the present. [...]
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Polak, S, & Trottier, D. (2020). Introducing Online Vitriol. In Violence and Trolling on Social Media: History, Affect, and Effects of Online Vitriol (2020). doi:10.5117/9789462989481_intro