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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

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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 publ
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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Riverhead Books (first published March 9th 2015)
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Benny Thomas Brian Williams is not an ordinary citizen. He is an anchor and as such, people look to him for unbiased, factual perspectives. In his case, the public…moreBrian Williams is not an ordinary citizen. He is an anchor and as such, people look to him for unbiased, factual perspectives. In his case, the public shaming is actually performing socially useful tasks - one, it reinforces the value of good journalism and two, it serves as a warning to other journalists. In (less)
Sarah I'm not very happy with the way the "what came next" was dealt with. It was less of a study in what people can do about the repercussions of public…moreI'm not very happy with the way the "what came next" was dealt with. It was less of a study in what people can do about the repercussions of public shaming than a fascinating view of them. I don't feel as though it was any kind of explanation about how to get past it, but instead was a kind of revisiting of the public shaming.(less)

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Bill  Kerwin
Apr 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

Do you remember that story about the woman flying to Africa--the one who tweeted a joke about how she was white and so wouldn't get AIDS there--the one who, after waking from her nap on the plane, found her joke had outraged the entire internet, that her job was lost and that her life was destroyed?

Ronson uses this case, and others like it, to investigate the process of public shaming in our high tech age. He shows us what a devastating and merciless process it can be, and how it is not done by
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Paul Bryant
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-life
Update (I can't resist):



Let shame follow this dentist even unto the last drilling and the last filling. & when he crosses the great divide, let all the animals he shot be waiting for him

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THE REVIEW OF THE BOOK

Here is a 100% fast fun astonishing intriguing hectic sprint through the strange subject of shame. Our tour guide, Jon Ronson, is an amiable journo who’s cherry-picked a few recent spasms of shaming for our delectation and schadenfreude. Like a freak show, we can gawp and shudder in d
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Ariel
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love it when I hear about a book, automatically have to go out and get it, and then can't put it down. It's a rare experience, but it's a really potent and exciting one. You're thrown into something brand new and days later emerge, drawing breath, crawling out of your book cave, victorious.

This book examined, ultimately to me, compassion online. I very much think of the internet as a wild west. It's so new, it's constantly evolving, and there aren't any real agreed upon rules and regulations.
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Bibi
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to Emma for spotlighting this book.

A joke that went too far


A few years ago, en route from New York to South Africa, a woman sent a series of tweets (excerpts are from the book, emphasis by me):

"Weird German dude, you're in first class, it's 2014 get some deodorant- inner monolog as I inhale BO. Thank God for pharmaceuticals"

Then, at Heathrow:

"Chili- cucumber sandwiches- bad teeth. Back in London"

Then before boarding the final leg:

"Going to Afria. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding,
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
A book that's incredibly relevant and that I would recommend! All the information and examples provided were very interesting.

I can say that, as a youtuber, it's definitely a fear of mine. Saying something, which will be misinterpreted and being "publicly shamed" for it. It sounds extreme but some minor occurrence happens on a daily basis!
Petra X
I've finished the book, my least favourite of Ronson's. It was almost in two halves. The first was interesting the latter part, perhaps not a half but a third, was boring. It didn't finish as much as peter out. This is a bit of a long review because I've picked out the three people in the book most affected by being shamed.

There were a lot of cranky individuals featured. The most interesting being the serial liar (fabricator, maker-up of quotations, whatever you want) and self-plagiarist Jonah
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Raeleen Lemay
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was utterly fantastic! I could have blown through it in a day (easily) but I’m really glad I took my time with it.
emma
I straight up NEVER read nonfiction. I don't like it. It's boring. Where's the story? Is someone going to get punched? Anyone? Where is the writing style that doesn't make me want to shove a fork through my eye? I mean, these are all things I need..

However. Everyyyyyy once in a while, an exception comes along.

SAY HELLOOOOO TO THAT EXCEPTION.

This book is so fun!!!!!

It is not only fun; it is interesting. It is not only interesting; it is funny. It is not only funny; it is smart. In short, it is ev
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Chicago commercial photographers

Most of you are probably already familiar with the concept of public shaming. Heck, we see it on Goodreads all the time. The author who chooses to get spammy or games the ratings system with sockpuppets or trolls reviews when someone dares to bash their “special snowflake” is quickly drawn and quartered by users. If you’re an American you were probably even forced to read about public shamings back in high school . . .

Chicago commercial photographers
(^^^^This vers
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Maxwell
Feb 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot of thoughts about this book because it was SO incredibly thought-provoking. I felt like every chapter brought on a major revelation or had a great nugget of wisdom to mull over. If anything it made me realize how incredibly powerful shame can be, as if we aren't all aware of that fact already. I doubt you could find a single person who hadn't been, at one time or another, shamed in some way in front of many people. But imagining how that must feel and then actually hearing from peop ...more
Diane
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fascinating read about shame in the modern world. The Internet has made it easier to make a mistake and then be publicly humiliated for it, and Jon Ronson researched and wrote about a few famous cases.

One incident highlighted in the book is Justine Sacco. In December 2013, Sacco made a bad joke on Twitter, was hounded on the Internet, fired from her PR job, and has not fully recovered from the public shaming. This was the joke she wrote: "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just k
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Carina
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay my book club people, close your screen here and read no further. Walk away now, before you tar and feather me, and super glue the latest Franzen to my nose...

Started well, and as the back cover promised, had "funny and thoughtful" moments. But - there were parts that made me angry at the constructed and biased outcomes, there were holes so wide a road train could have done a 3 point turn, and anytime Ronson got close to touching on something important but complex, Jon Ronson ran away fast i
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Matthew
I was looking forward to this book but also a bit worried. I hate online trolling and people who are unnecessarily rude to people (so, you know I am LOVING this election year #sarcasm). The description sounded like it would be an interesting look into how the public busts out its torches and pitchforks when easy prey presents itself.

I got exactly what I expected. I only gave it three stars because the writing was a little dry and at times repetitive (and I am not trying to shame the author! :))
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Mark
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Jon Ronson meanders around topics tangentially related to social media shaming. Like his other books, it is not so much a book about public shaming as it is the story of how he became aware of the topic, and what the expert he interviewed was wearing, and how the victim he interviewed moved her food with her fork at the restaurant, and how many times he checked his phone while observing a group therapy session. He offers no conclusions, just narcissistic vignettes.

I was moderately disappointed i
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Kelli
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have one thought that has not left my head since I started this book: What the hell is wrong with people? Seriously. What's happening? Why are people rushing to Facebook and Twitter to post pictures and comments that are so clearly in very bad taste? Who thinks of these things in the first place? Do these people have no filter? Is decorum a thing of the past? This, I think, of those who received the shaming. Regarding those shamers responding to them with an endless stream of vitriol and threa ...more
Imane
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
“We’re creating a culture where people feel constantly surveilled, where people are afraid to be themselves.”
― Jon Ronson, So You've Been Publicly Shamed


Jon Ronson is an amazing writer. He makes non-fiction a compelling page turner. In this book he studies and analyzes cruelty of social network's members and the damage public shaming does to individuals.
This was exactly what i expected it to be, an entertaining, fun and easy read !! Highly recommend.
Mark
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: current-affairs
This book is a real eye opener to what is going on today and in a way we can bring it back to what happens on this site, Goodreads.

Jon Ronson starts out being just like the majority of us, he has the righteous view that if you have done wrong then you need to be slammed for it, humiliated, publicly shamed. However if we remember before the days of the internet, what did we do? Call each other names, cut a person from our social circles or at worst, write to the local paper and 'out' someone. Th
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Jan Rice

The motif of So You've Been Publicly Shamed, the way I see it. I used to have this cup. Looks like this particular pic came from Etsy.

Jon Ronson's focus is on individuals who've been shamed on social media, especially Twitter. Jon isn't an intellectual or scholar--and so it is that I feel comfortable calling him by his first name--but he is doing us all a great service by thinking out loud about the phenomenon. It's not that he doesn't want to offer conclusions; he does, but his ideas remain in
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Julio Genao
Aug 18, 2015 marked it as to-read
want to read this because this author gave an amazing TED talk about how the internet allows us the dark satisfaction of shaming another person without consequence to us.

in effect, destroying the lives of other people to feed the ragey beasts living in the darkness of our collective id.

all day long.

it's a fascinating talk:

http://www.ted.com/talks/jon_ronson_w...
Hannah
While I am writing this, a case of public shaming is going on in Germany - it is not in any way as vitriolic as the ones Jon Ronson talks about but is proof that his book is timely and important. Public shaming is interesting and horrifying - Ronson talks about cases where a single tweet unleashed an outpouring of hate that stand in no relation to the offense. And I agree with him in his conclusion that this is disturbing trend. He made me think about these cases where the victim of shaming real ...more
Elyse
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"The Circle", by Dave Eggers ......eerily creepy -plausible-dystopia-social media-
"SHARING IS CARING".....is frickin -fun-reading....

"So You've Been Publicly Shamed", by Jon Ronson......brutal-humiliation-public shaming of people---"SHAME- on - those SHAMING"......is a warning...
.....scary jokes back-fired and became haunting
......tasteless trashy tearing people apart shamed people's behavior .....

The first part of this book I thought was pretty good- funny even. Jon Ronson begins with his firs
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Perry
Apr 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2touchup
Shame, Shame, Shame
Jon Ronson looks with alarm the ferocious nature of recent Internet public shamings of a few unfortunate politically incorrect people and the real-life aftermath (e.g., losing her/his job & livelihood), nicely juxtaposed against an instance in which the hyper-sensitive instigator had the scorn come back at her as quickly as a scorpion.

ronson shame {limerick name}
In his book called, "So You've Been Publicly Shamed"
the author Jon Ronson has sought to proclaim,
. . That sha
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Chelsey
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Coming from an infrequent Non Fictioner, I found this compulsively readable! Ronson's style is approachable, objective and even tender. He researches and speaks with a selection of people who have been shamed for everything from an under-the-breath comment, to a deadly, drunken car ride. He gives them a voice, humanizes them and shows the ways in which lives can be torn apart (and in some cases, put back together) by public shaming; either via a court sentence, or even Twitter. Though I did find ...more
Emma
Jul 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jon Ronson has put together an interesting, if somewhat disjointed, selection of case studies illuminating the role of public shaming in modern society. He asks some timely questions but I'm not sure I agree with some of his conclusions. The subject of shame was treated in a rather haphazard fashion in the book, bouncing from one case study to the next. We find out that men are less likely to get hounded by the community for sexual scandals than women or receive no backlash at all, that women an ...more
Sam Quixote
"YOU'RE AN ARROGANT CONDESCENDING BASTARD!"
"I RESENT YOU FOR HOLDING THE PHONE!"

Jon Ronson is in a Shame Eradication Workshop in Chicago being screamed at by people who are letting out their inner monologues, uncensored. A couple of them have just admitted they enjoy having sex with their cats.

It’s part of Ronson’s exploration of modern public shaming, a lot of which focuses on social media sites like Twitter. A PR Exec called Justine Sacco tweeted “Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just
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Lotte
Such a quick, informative and interesting read about the immense power of public shaming in the Internet age. Ronson includes case studies of people who have been publicly shamed on the Internet (e.g. for tweeting a badly worded, vaguely racist tweet, etc.) and have faced severe consequences for that in their real lives (e.g. getting fired from their job). He also explores the role of shame in a broader historical context, with shame being the motivation and catalyst for more aspects in our dail ...more
Matthew Quann
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, sometimes the internet is a miserable collective consciousness that seems to bring out the worst in humanity. For me, I think of the Facebook comments section and what little I know of Twitter--I'm still a dinosaur who doesn't tweet--as some sort of digital hellscape where everyone closes off their inhibitions and lets loose the worst vitriol imaginable. What's more, the way social media has gradually become a kind of news platform has made me feel dejected when scrolling through my fe ...more
Paul
Is social media; good or bad? Facebook is one of the original ones, but it has since been joined by Twitter and many others. Most of the time these can be a good thing, are fairly harmless, and keep people in touch with each other, but there are times when it isn’t. In this book Ronson meets and talks with those that have suffered from the overwhelming and brutal response from twitter, as well as other forms of public humiliation.

He starts with himself though. He is a bit of a twitter addict and
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Amanda
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerd
I'm giving this book five stars not because it is a perfect book, nor because I agree with everything in it. Rather, I think it is a very important book because delves into a conversation that everyone who uses the internet should be having with one another and themselves. This book made me thing deeply about my own use of social media while being extremely fascinating. Ronson goes in depth into many of the "flash in the pan" scandals that we all remember from the ast few years and which weren't ...more
Mimi
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comedy, nonfiction, 2015
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