- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Main Market Ed. edition (31 Dec. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330492292
- ISBN-13: 978-0330492294
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (279 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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superb and terrifying . . . So You've Been Publicly Shamed brings together all of Ronson's virtues as a writer, to a more serious purpose than hitherto . . . Ronson is a true virtuoso of the faux-naive style. He is so good at it that it's not irritating . . . Ronson has beautiful comic-prose skills . . . but Ronson's self-description as a "humorous journalist" is not the whole story. Comedy is his disguise and also his weapon. He is a moralist. Some of his best lines seem casual but contain fierce social diagnoses . . . towards the end of his new book, someone accuses him of "prurient curiosity". This prompts what may be taken as a statement of the moral approach behind all his work. "I didn't want to write a book that advocated for a less curious world. Prurient curiosity may not be great. But curiosity is. People's flaws need to be written about. The flaws of some people lead to horrors inflicted on to others. And then there are the more human flaws that, when you shine a light on to them, de-demonise people that might otherwise be seen as ogres." At its best, this is exactly what his writing can do . . . relentlessly entertaining and thought-provoking (Steven Poole Guardian)
He is such an exceptional writer . . . an incredibly funny writer . . . a perfect sense of comic timing throughout, but he manages to deal with profound subjects . . . so enjoyable . . . you can be having a laugh while understanding a social phenomenon in a completely unique way; it's such a great book . . . We're buying it! (The BBC Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman)
A magnificent book, subtly argued, often painfully funny and yet deeply serious. . . I'm not sure I can recommend it highly enough (Daily Mail)
A work of original, inspired journalism, it considers the complex dynamics between those who shame and those who are shamed, both of whom can become the focus of social media's grotesque, disproportionate judgments (Laurence Scott Financial Times)
Ronson is our current master of smarter-than-average pop nonfiction that combines social science, investigative journalism and no shortage of style . . . Ronson and his subjects are strikingly candid about their fears, which is compelling if not always comfortable to read. But the book slowly turns out to be about something bigger than it seems: a survival guide to living with shame both public and private, an inevitable consequence of being human. (Saturday Paper (Australia))
Ronson's finely attuned ear for dialogue and his skilfully deployed nebbishness ensure a pacy but discomfiting read (Gillian Terzis The Australian)
Jon Ronson's great strength as a writer is his empathy with his subject, which seems to bring about trust and openness from his interviewees. Like all journalists, he is a voyeur, but he is sensitive with his material and self-analytical enough to realise his own part in the phenomenon. So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an interesting commentary on human behaviour and its consequences. (The Register)
immensely readable (Will Dean Independent)
[A] brilliant, thought-provoking book - a fascinating examination of citizen justice, which has enjoyed a great renaissance since the advent of the internet (Tatler)
Amusing and thought-provoking (Daily Telegraph)
Certainly, no reader could finish it without feeling a need to be gentler online, to defer judgment, not to press the retweet button, to resist that primal impulse to stoke the fires of shame (The Times)
As in his previous books, Ronson's style is to take us with him wherever the story goes, curiosity his guide. But unlike bestsellers The Men Who Stare At Goats (US new age warfare), The Psychopath Test (the mental health 'industry') or Them (ideological extremism), Shamed is not a critique of those at the fringes of our society, it's about us - or at least the very many of us who take to Twitter to heap vitriol on those we feel deserve it (Metro)
Jon Ronson is one of the funniest writers we have (Red)
Hugely entertaining (National)
Engrossing and terrifying (New Statesman)
Ronson specialises in writing witty, wide-eyed, free-wheeling books . . . He is full of curiosity, and writes in a friendly, slightly faux-naif voice, but with strong moral antennae (Craig Brown Mail on Sunday)
Compulsively readable (Rachel Cooke Observer)
So You've Been Publicly Shamed is possibly [Ronson's] most ambitious project yet . . . a brilliantly articulated, sensitively rendered attempt to reform the world (Charlie Gilmour Independent)
So You've Been Publicly Shamed is fascinating, insightful and amusing and should be read by everyone (Women24)
Everyone who has any kind of online presence - including anonymous below-the-line commenters - will find this book gripping . . . Ronson remains one of our finest comic writers (India Knight Spectator)
[A] simultaneously lightweight and necessary book (Esquire)
I was mesmerized. And I was also disturbed (Cheryl Conner Forbes)
Gutsy and smart. . . Without losing any of the clever agility that makes his books so winning, he has taken on truly consequential material and risen to the challenge (Janet Maslin New York Times)
Read this book. Then tell someone else about it. Make sure you leave it in a place where an unsuspecting teen is lingering, they too could benefit from these timely fables of the digital world (Elisabeth Marrow Wairarapa Times)
A gripping book, well written, articulate, honest and incredibly relevant in today's society. A book everyone with a twitter account should read . . . This is a book that will grip you and really make you think about 21st century society in a different way, definitely one to read, and one to read now (New Zealand Library Blogspot)
Ronson is adept at taking a topic and explaining it through a number of case studies . . . His facts are gathered first-hand, his experiences conveyed with sharp observations of scene and character, and his conclusions logical. As contemporary society becomes ever more connected, Ronson's lessons will become even more important (Sunday Star Times)
Witty . . .clever and thought-provoking (Publishers Weekly)
This book really needed to be written (Salon)
One of our most important modern day thinkers, Jon Ronson . . . has written one of the most therapeutic books imaginable (Howard Forman US News & Word Report)
I very much enjoyed Jon Ronson's salutary examination of what happens when the internet turns on you: So You've Been Publicly Shamed (Picador). One stupid picture, one misplaced joke, and your life can be completely trashed. The book examines a very dark corner of the times we live in but manages to be both entertaining and humane (Anthony Horowitz Telegraph)
So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson is the non-fiction book of the year - an alarming examination of victims and victimisers in the new social media sport of mob justice. (Mark Lawson, Best Holiday Reads 2015 Guardian)
Jon Ronson is unreal. So You've Been Publicly Shamed - everyone should read that book.He's one of my favourite human beings. (Bill Hader)
We love Jon Ronson. He's thoughtful and very funny. [So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is a great book about the way the internet can gang up on people and shame them, when they deserve it, when they don't deserve it and it's great (Judd Apatow)
A chilling look at how social media encourages witch hunts (Helen Lewis)
An important start to a necessary conversation on internet hate mobs (Naomi Alderman)
[Ronson] takes on one of the most egregious perils of life in the age of social media - the whopping magnification of some gaffe or misstep or downright lie - to the point that it achieves life-wrecking power. . .there's a lot to learn from his funny, insightful look at this red-hot topic (New York Times, Top Books of 2015)
Yes, it's a breezy read at the sentence level, but Ronson's latest book evokes a sense of dread that lingers. (TimeOut, Best Books of 2015)
Simmering with humour, weirdness and pathos (Sunday Times, Books of the Year)
A fascinating exploration of modern media and public shaming. John Ronson has provided me so many dinner party conversation topics with this book. It's a great conversation starter (Reese Witherspoon)
It is difficult to read this book and not feel equal parts righteous (because we wound never do the horrible things that the people in this book have done) and guilty (because we all have done the totally benign things that the people in this book have done), it's a terrifying and keen insight into a new form of misguided mass hysteria (Jesse Eisenberg)
I'll read anything by my old pal Ronson, who always tackles serious topics with a sense of play and an appreciation for the absurd (Sarah Vowell)
'A magnificent book, subtly argued, often painfully funny and yet deeply serious ... I'm not sure I can recommend it highly enough.' (The Daily Mail)
'A work of original, inspired journalism, it considers the complex dynamics between those who shame and those who are shamed, both of whom can become the focus of social media's grotesque, disproportionate judgments.' (The Financial Times)
'Certainly, no [listener] could finish it without feeling a need to be gentler online, to defer judgment, not to press the retweet button, to resist that primal impulse to stoke the fires of shame.' (The Times)
'So You've Been Publicly Shamed is possibly [Ronson's] most ambitious project yet ... a brilliantly articulated, sensitively rendered attempt to reform the world.' (The Independent) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Stand out parts of the book for me are Ronson’s re-thinking of the Stanford Prison Experiment, information from the porn industry about those who find public shame arousing and interviews with Max Mosely. Mosely had a refreshing approach to those who tried to shame him. He wasn’t having it.
As Ronson follows his shamees through the process you can’t help but hope for happy endings. One of them is aided by a reputation management company, adding online content to help bury the shaming content. Of this process Ronson writes; “We were creating a world where the smartest way to survive is to be bland”. I know this quote will accompany me online, at least for a while. This was a fascinating book that will make me question what I post online and make me feel sympathy when I see anyone post something ill-advised and get a disproportionate response to it.
Right, I’m off to be bland on Twitter, expect these kinds of tweets from me from now on; Kittens are nice. I like cake. Fridays are cool.
This latest book by Jon Ronson analyses the tsunami of humiliation that can, and often does, erupt from a stupid remark online. How anyone after reading his book could ever again share personal details, and photos, on social media is beyond me. The privacy settings on Twitter are as he shows a joke. Facebook is little better. The potential for a comment to be misinterpreted is not only high it is almost inevitable given the many whose sole job in life appears to be monitoring the social media in the hope of discovering another indiscretion.
Essentially, shaming is a form of punishment. It punishes reputation. It aims to enforce norms by making those who transgress feel like outsiders. An audience is a prerequisite for shaming to work. The public must be made aware of ones transgression. Exposure is essential for shaming. Many clinlcal studies have shown that the consequences of being publicly shamed can be catastrophic.
The thrill that many people got over Thornberry's white van photo was one example of the the nasty, guilty urge to watch out for misspeak. As the author says: 'we play not the hanging judge but the people in the lithographs being ribald at whippings'.Read more ›
While a large part of the book revolves around the misfortunes of those unfortunate to have incurred the wrath of the mighty keyboard warriors of Twitter,Facebook and the like it's about Shame in all it's forms,how it affects people, how people handle it.or don't,and its deliberate use by vested interests.
As with all of Ronson's books his faux naive persona,the slightly bemused nerd struggling to understand,belies his intellect and skills as a reporter, a big part of the reason I suspect that many of those in the book spoke to him when they'd turned down countless others.Mostly it's quite light-hearted then we hear the flip side of shame,the people who didn't in any way deserve the treatment they got,if indeed any of them did,stupidity not being a crime anywhere in the world as far as I know.These are the people pushed so far by the shame of their treatment by those who should know better that they killed themselves,and it's to Ronson's credit he names those responsible.Read more ›
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