The weaponization of shame

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Cathy O’Neil talks about the increase and profiteering in public shaming. Siva Vaidhyanathan asks whether shame is an effective tool against racism and to promote social justice. Photo by Shutterstock.

Jonathan Bastian talks with data scientist Cathy O’Neil, author of “The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation,” about the new era and recent uptick in public shaming and how shame is being used for financial and social gain. Later, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Robertson Professor of Media Studies and author of 

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy,” asks whether, when it comes to racism, shame is an effective tool for social justice.

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Andrea Brody