CPP Common Read Essay Contest

Deadline:  December 15, 2018 at 5 p.m. 

Choose one of the following prompts to respond to. Be sure to support your reasoning with examples from the book and your own experiences. 

Is shaming ever acceptable? Which of any of the examples from the book do you have sympathy for? Which of the examples were justified in their shame, if any? How far does shaming go before it turns into harassment?

What are the similarities and / or differences between being shamed on social media vs. being physically bullied? Which do you think would have greater impact on your future?

Ronson states that gender impacts how people are shamed online. Do you think that gender, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religious beliefs etc., impact the way people are shamed online? If so, how?


Submission Guidelines:

  • Open to all Cal Poly Pomona students
  • 3 Pages Maximum
  • Ariel or Helvetica - 12-point font Double Spaced
  • Save as:  First_Last_Title_Fall 2018

Submit Your Essay Here


4 winners will receive a $150 textbook credit at the Bronco Bookstore.  Winners will be contacted by email at the beginning of spring term.