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So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Hardcover)

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I tore through this book in three sittings. It's a fascinating topic, and Ronson's wit and charm make this an engaging read. Ronson covers a variety of types of public shaming - from the disgraced Jonah Lehrer to people whose social media posts led to overwhelming humiliation to the victims of sex scandals and many more. He presents a well rounded story for each example - from the cause to the aftermath. This book is thought provoking, making you seriously think about the glee with which our society takes down those we perceive as societal offenders. Luckily, Ronson's humor makes what could have been a depressing, overly serious topic fascinating and readable.

— Flannery


Now a New York Times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame.

'It's about the terror, isn't it?'

'The terror of what?' I said.

'The terror of being found out.'

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people's faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.

Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

About the Author

Jon Ronson's books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He also cowrote the screenplay for Frank, which will be released in theaters August 2014, and which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life and lives in London and New York City.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781594487132
ISBN-10: 1594487138
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: March 31st, 2015
Pages: 304
Language: English


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