Sunday 22 January 2017

Sometimes 'people like us' make the worst internet mobs

Jillian Godsil

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Caroline Criado-Perez was targeted by 'internet trolls' after calling for Jane Austen to be commemorated on UK bank notes
Caroline Criado-Perez was targeted by 'internet trolls' after calling for Jane Austen to be commemorated on UK bank notes

The stoning scene from 'The Life of Brian' is a classic. For those of you who have not seen it or perhaps forget the 1979 film, the assembled crowd baying for the stoning to be carried out contains women. Only women are not allowed to be party to this form of justice. Of course, the irony is that the women are not women but Monty Python men dressed up as women with voices going up and down the vocal scale like a bad case of puberty.

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It is the call of the traditionally nurturing gender for the murderous penalty that creates the humour - a juxtaposition that jars on the ear.

In Dublin last week, journalist, writer, funnyman and screenwriter Jon Ronson was speaking to a packed audience in the O'Reilly Hall about social media shaming. His new book, 'So You've been Publicly Shamed', is published by Simon & Shuster.

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