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Writer Jon Ronson has spent a lot of time tracking people who have been shamed, raked over the coals on social media for mostly minor — but sometimes major — transgressions. And he writes about some of them in his new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.
Ronson tells NPR’s Steve Inskeep his anxiety level shot up while he was writing about the victims of public ridicule. “My book has a kind of panicky, heart-racing quality to it,” he says, “but in a positive way, because I wanted to say look, if we’re going to carry on destroying people for nothing, this is what it feels like.”