The Internet Shaming of Lindsey Stone


When a friend posted a photograph of charity worker Lindsey Stone on Facebook, she never dreamed she would lose her job and her reputation. Two years on, could she get her life back?

Someone called @jon_ronson was tweeting 20 times a day about his whirlwind of social engagements, soirées and friends. Jon was at war with a robot version of himself.

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  • Twitter and other public soapboxes allow for people’s reputations to be permanently disfigured or co-opted
  • one vs many: the many win, despite the real accuracy of the statements
  • nuance and context is lost
  • outrage and shock win: and are profitable
    • both by individuals seeking glory and group status
    • and through clicks and advertising/attention based economy