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 isnb2st 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 doesnb2st 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
1501231839
Branch Call Number: 152.44
Characteristics: 6 audio discs (approximately 7 hr., 29 min.) :,CD audio, digital ;,4 3/4 in
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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, frightenin... Read More »


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ryner
Oct 12, 2017

With the advent of social media has evolved a new method of letting someone else know you disapprove of their actions: public shaming. From journalists investigating potentially career-ending secrets and sex scandals to Twitter users expressing outrage over insensitivity, Jon Ronson recounts the trajectories of a number of recent such shamings. Why are some "shamees" utterly ruined, while others emerge essentially unscathed? Since the book's publication there have been a number of additional, very public, shamings which have provoked apologies or a reversal of a decision, and it will be interesting to see how this phenomenon evolves and what sorts of effects it continues to have.

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Lavair_TheFirst
Sep 24, 2017

This is definitely a book worth reading all the way through. I felt a wide range of emotion, and that's only strengthened when you remember it's a non-fiction title.

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.

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Soundreader
Feb 18, 2017

Fascinating, real-life stories of people whose lives have been ruined by the internet and social media. Ronson does a great job of asking philosophical questions about our public lives and also our stance on "shaming" throughout human history.

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jr3083
Jan 07, 2017

One of the problems with a media-savvy author who travels the world promoting his book is that by the time you get round to reading it, you feel as if you've already done so.

This was the case for me with this book, which I had heard about through multiple interviews on different Radio National programs. The author, who had his own taste of being the victim of cyber-stalking, becomes fascinated by the phenomenon of shaming over the Internet as a modern manifestation of an older form of punishment and social control. ...

Of course, through his book Ronson shames these people again by publicizing their plights anew and I found his smug voyeurism rather off-putting. Nonetheless, many of his points resonated.

The book was an easy enough read. I just felt that I'd already heard it all before.

For my full review see: https://wordpress.com/post/residentjudge.wordpress.com/17997

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PearlyBaker
Oct 10, 2016

My five year old daughter likes to imitate my exuberant sister Jenny and stomp her foot while saying, "That's it, I've had it, I'm going to tell." Thank God there was no social media in the 80's and I get to pass these tales of our slightly crazy family down the old fashioned way. Ronson hits another home run with this cautionary tale for the digital age. I am sure the Stasi would have loved the internet and social media where people willingly announce every thought, feeling and action to the general public. People's lives and careers have been ruined from ill timed tweets and poorly delivered Facebook posts. I will definitely attempt to make my digital footprint just a little smaller and my life a tiny less transparent with less dank memes.

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booksphinx
Jun 27, 2016

Public shaming on social media - it's as easy as an anonymous comment, or one click of the "share" button - but our removal from the direct effects of our actions doesn't lessen their impact on those affected, and may even weigh on our conscience, when the shaming gets out of control.

Jon Robson, through the stories of several individuals, studies the phenomenon of public shaming through social media - and unlike in the past, where a public humiliation may have been over and done with in an afternoon, or a few days - there is something incredibly terrifying about the permenance of social media shaming. In one chapter, Jon Ronson explains how Google can be an ongoing source of anxiety for those shamed, and how one company helps out those who want to leave their past behind (or at least move it to page 2 of the Google search results).

Some of the people in the book who have been shamed were perhaps foolish, but none seemed deserving of the utter hell that thousands of online users unleashed upon them. Jon Ronson comes across as a charmingly unflappable confidant to those he interviews and writes so well that it was hard for me to put this book down before it ended.

I really will continue to think about not only the words I speak, but the actions I make online, after reading this book. Incredible work.

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rebmartin31
Jun 01, 2016

This book makes me feel so conflicted, and I don't know if that's what Jon Ronson wanted to achieve. On the one hand, I don't have a whole lot of sympathy for the wrong-doings of some of the featured people in this book (the guy who made the dongle joke being the exception--that's just a gross case of misinterpretation). BUT I don't think they should be relentlessly hounded by everyone with internet access about their mistake, whatever it was. I'm sure they feel bad enough about what they did, and there's no need to put their lives/employment at risk. I don't know what the right solution here is, and I'm not convinced that Ronson gave us much to go on regarding a solution, or a recommendation going forward, which is something I usually want/expect to hear from non-fiction authors.

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msp_pier
Mar 08, 2016

Remember Justine Sacco? On her way to Africa in December 2013, Justine, a PR guru from NYC, tweeted, "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" After tweeting, she got on an 11 hour flight only to come off and see that she had been dragged all over the internet AND lost her job.

Justine's unfortunate mishap is just one of several stories of people who have been "shamed" by the public all over the internet.

Jon Ronson is hilarious, witty, and very entertaining, and writes in a way that is not boring. You need that when you're reading a sociologically/psychologically based book.

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annanina
Mar 05, 2016

The book is nothing but a collection of disconnected anecdotal cases. After having finished (with some difficulty) one third of the book, I noticed that, when he mentioned the names of people from the first stories, I had to go back to refresh my memory. The topic of societal moral norms and the judgmental attitudes based on those norms is definitely significant. But the author has managed to produce a very insignificant, superficial book.

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Apr 27, 2015

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Jun 06, 2016

P 248 And after they were jailed, things got only worse. At Walpole-Massachusetts's most riot-prone prison during the 1970s-officers intentionally flooded the cells and put insects in the prisoners' food. They forced inmates to lie face-down before they were allowed meals. Sometimes officers would tell prisoners they had a visitor... then the officer would say that he was just kidding. And so on. 'They thought these things would be how to get them to obey," Gilligan told me. 'But it did the exact opposite. It stimulated violence.' 'Literally every killer told you this?' I asked. 'It amazed me how universal it was,' Gilligan replied. 'Over decades.'

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