In 2012, Lindsey Stone did something incredibly stupid. She posted a photo of herself to her personal Facebook page mocking a sign calling for “respect and silence” at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where over 400,000 US soldiers are buried. She claimed afterward she intended it as a joke. Almost everyone else found it offensive, and quickly the image went viral.
Stone was inundated with outraged emails, Facebook messages and phone calls, some of which included death threats – and so was her company. She was fired from her job and left to pick up the pieces of her life. For Artsnight, Stone talks to author Jon Ronson, whose book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed takes a look at people whose lives have been ruined because of ill-advised social media posts.