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Social media has brought us all closer together.  Sometimes that's a good thing.  But when it comes to online shaming, it's a bad thing.  People get humiliated on Twitter, savaged in public forums and women get rape and death threats.  This hour, we explore our great renaissance of public shaming. 

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Think there's a renaissance of public shaming online? You're right. There's something about the anonymity of social media has people who probably seem perfectly nice in person, posting vicious, scathing, humiliating comments online.More

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Can shame also be used for public good?  There’s a judge in Texas who’s famous for his creative – and controversial – shame-based sentences.  To hear how they work, let’s go back to Thanksgiving evening, 1996. Houston, Texas. More

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Maybe shame – painful as it is – has some value. Maybe it’s not just an emotion, but a social tool. Jennifer Jacquet thinks that there’s an upside to shame. More

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April 18, 2015
July 22, 2017
January 20, 2018