Are You A Public Shamer Or An All-Round Nice Person On Social Media?

We all like to think we're models of politeness and good humor when it comes to social media. But sometimes it goes wrong and, behind the safety of our computer screens or smartphones, we say or do something we'd never dream of saying or doing in person. It might be in response to a misguided joke (think of MP Emily Thornberry's Rochester tweet), but is the effect on their lives and careers worth a small joke? Find out where you sit on the scale from good man to public shamer extraordinaire.

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On Mar 29, 2017

You read an opinion piece online and disagree with everything the author says. Do you:

You see a celebrity making disrespectful hand gestures beside a famous person’s grave. Do you:

If a service fails to deliver a birthday present for your dad's 60th on time, do you:

You see an ill-advised tweet that could be seen as being racist. Do you:

The Twittersphere has gone crazy in the space of an hour, retweeting and raining condemnation on the author of a misguided tweet (see Q4). Do you:

You’re a model of decency and empathy

You’re a model of decency and empathy

You take the context of a comment into account and can tell a joke from a bigoted remark. Read Jon Ronson's book SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED for an insight into the less than attractive culture of public shaming on the internet that is taking us over. http://www.picador.com/jonronson

You're a decent human being most of the time...

You're a decent human being most of the time...

...but sometimes you let that decency slip and can't help jumping on the band wagon of public shaming - if you don't condemn them, people might think you approve of so-and-so's misguided remark. Read Jon Ronson's book SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED to see how this less than attractive sensation can affect the shamee's life. http://www.picador.com/jonronson

You're a public shamer

You're a public shamer

You, my friend, are a public shamer, through and through. While this might be great sport for you, spare a thought for your victim. Read Jon Ronson's book SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED, in which he interviews some of public shaming's best-known victims, and next time, think twice before you join in the shaming. http://www.picador.com/jonronson