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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad Internet. Hardly a week goes by, it seems, without some pol, celebrity, or garden-variety netizen making a public faux pas on social media that brings the full weight of global outrage down upon their heads. The web is transparent enough to make anyone a target and opaque enough to let anyone be a tormentor. Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a sobering, sardonic guided tour of the worldwide court of public opinion, where ire spreads like wildfire, judgment is swift and brutal, and any one of us can go on trial from the moment we open our mouths.

You can purchase the book here.

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Police confront George Floyd protesters

Photo Credit: Geoff Livingston

With a deranged narcissist in the Oval Office and his lackey controlling the Department of Justice, there is no point in looking to the federal government to curb police violence. Instead, President Donald J. Trump will do everything in his power to encourage it. In the wake of protests over the murder of George Floyd, he has demanded that governors crack down on protestors: "You have to dominate. ... If you don't dominate, you're wasting your time," he told them.

Moreover, most local police authorities are under local control -- mayors, city councils, district attorneys, police chiefs, sheriffs. That's where the accountability for police misconduct begins.

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