Before you begin this assignment, please be sure to view the following course lectures: The Culture Wars; Digital Media and the Internet.
Journalist Jon Ronson published So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, a book about digital media and public shaming, in 2015. He published a very short excerpt from the book in the New York Times Magazine. After the publication of the excerpt, he wrote a column for The Guardian about his experiences.
Please read”How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life and “How the Online Hate Mob Set Its Sights on Me
PLEASE NOTE: These articles quote from tweets aimed at Ronson and at the people about whom he writes; many of the quotations use offensive and demeaning language.
Please answer the following questions:
1)Please briefly summarize the two articles. What, in Ronson’s view, happened to people like Justine Sacco and Lindsey Stone? What happened to him after the publication of the New York Times Magazine article?
2)Does Ronson have an optimistic or pessimistic view of digital media? Please elaborate on your answer by drawing on specific examples from the articles.
3)Please compare/contrast Ronson’s view of digital media/the Internet to at minimum of one of the perspectives discussed in the course lecture.
4)Should we consider the phenomenon that Ronson describes as a continuation of the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s?
Why or why not?
Please follow the following formatting guidelines for this primary source assignment:
Students are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from consulting sources outside of course materials. However, if you do consult an outside source you MUST cite it and provide a bibliographic citation at the end of your paper. Failure to do so constitutes academic dishonesty.
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