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So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
‘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 public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.
A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.
Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.
To learn more about this insightful book, visit Jon Ronson's website.
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Past Common Read Selections
The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Consent of the Networked by Rebecca MacKinnon
Where Am I Wearing by Kelsey Timmerman
The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard
Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error by Kathryn Schulz
Eaarth by Bill McKibben