This is my second Jon Ronson book. Definitely liked this one better than "Lost at Sea". Lots of great questions in here about shaming and the role socThis is my second Jon Ronson book. Definitely liked this one better than "Lost at Sea". Lots of great questions in here about shaming and the role social media plays in chastising people for their behavior. Ronson likens it to the public shamings of Puritan days, and does a good job making that correlation. We can be quite brutal - to people we've never even met. There are times when the Twitterati and Facebook paparazzi have done good stuff. But mostly, this book is a reminder that NOTHING you post on social media is PRIVATE. I truly wish people would remember that. Good read. ...more
11/1: So I've always wondered why there were two mom's on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and didn't realize that there was drama associated with the swi11/1: So I've always wondered why there were two mom's on the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and didn't realize that there was drama associated with the switch. Apparently Janet Hubert was railroaded out of Hollywood because of the split up. She certainly has no love lost for Will Smith. I definitely preferred the show when she was the mom, and it will be interesting to hear her take on why she was removed. I'm listening to this as an audiobook where she's the narrator and it's excellent so far. She reads it exactly as I remember her acting. I'm definitely enjoying it so far.
11/4: so I'm sorry I used one of my free audible credits on this book. It would have been better borrowed from the library. It's hard to critique someone's memoir - it's kind of like saying "I don't like your life", but the person's life is what it is. :-) But by the end of the book I was tired. She whined a lot, I felt. She was indeed "done wrong" by Smith and the studio - if you accept her version of the story - and a lot of awful things happened to her as a result of getting kicked off the show, but some of it was the result of crazy decisions she made. And she kept flip-flopping throughout the book - she hated what the cast did to her, but she's always wondering what they're doing. Really? The book is also a bit disjointed in places as she jumps back and forth between stories, but she said she wanted to tell the story "in her own words" without any editors or publishers telling her what to say.
Anyway, I'm she was able to get her life back under control, but this book didn't really do anything for me. You kind of want memoirs to inspire you or at least make you think. She confirms that Hollywood is a crazy place, but we already knew that. :-)
I think you can safely skip this one. There's also quite a bit of swearing in it, if that bothers you. ...more
I wanted to give this book two and a half stars but we don't have that option. Being a 'glass half full' personality, I decided to round up. :-)
The auI wanted to give this book two and a half stars but we don't have that option. Being a 'glass half full' personality, I decided to round up. :-)
The author has taken extreme liberties with the writing of the book - the good thing is that he admits it up front. He also admits up front that he had no access to Mark Zuckerburg, which you should keep in mind as you read the book - Mark generally gets a bad rap throughout.
I didn't know anything about how Facebook started, much less that there was controversy about whether the original idea was really Mark's. So from that perspective, learning the history, even if it is skewed by the author's creative license (and he takes a lot of that throughout the book!), it was interesting to me. It is not a major literary work, and the author had to do what he could to make it 'interesting', I guess, because the basic plot can definitely be summarized in a few sentences. Furthermore all of the additions the author makes (some of which he admits to making up), don't really give any more depth to the story.
It was amazing to see how a simple idea developed in a dorm room has turned into one of the most popular social inventions of all time. No matter whose side you believe, the wide reaching effects of Facebook can't be ignored. This book can give you some insight into how it all happened. But I agree with the reviewers who said you probably just want to borrow this one from the library. :-) ...more