So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. Shame is as old as humankind, but recently something has changed. Shame now moves at lightning speed and with devastating effects. For the past few years, Ronson has traveled the world meeting recipients of famous public shamings, often while their shamings are in full force. These are people who, say, made a joke on social media that comes out badly. Once a transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane, and the next thing they know, they're being torn apart for it, jeered at, demonized, and fired from their jobs.
Ranson's journey results in an entertaining and eye-opening book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It's a book about us -the shamers and the shamed. So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.
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