So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Audiobook CD - 2015
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A radically empathetic look at public shaming, and shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begun to feel weird and empty when there isn₂t anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesn₂t cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2015]
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781501231834
Branch Call Number: CD 152.44 RONSON
Characteristics: audio file,CD audio
6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 29 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Jan 18, 2018

The good thing about the book is that the case studies are interesting and well presented, so it succeeds in making you think about the topic. On the other hand, the author's own thoughts are mainly off the mark.

JCLHeatherB Apr 25, 2017

I ended up really hating this book. I was initally interested in Ronson's premise--that social media shaming has taken the place of the public punishments of the past--but I got angrier and angrier at every example he gave. Ronson managed to slip, in each case, from arguing that the public reaction was disproportionate to the target's actions (which I'm not even sure was true, but which wouldn't have infuriated me) to arguing that the person had been blameless and yet their whole life had been destroyed. In each case, I felt strongly that his sympathy was very misdirected--and misguided.

cmlibrary_sgoldstein Dec 14, 2015

Like being caught in a riptide, this book pulled me in ferociously with a story about a young journalist who regrets destroying an author's career. The emotions in this recollection are raw and familiar — it's a universal fear to be publicly shamed. This book is profound, entertaining, frightening and important. THIS is what we should be talking about at social media conferences.


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