Jon Ronson - So You Have Been Publicly Shamed. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @amazon
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Jon Ronson - So You Have Been Publicly Shamed. Kindle Ed. Now 99p @amazon

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Found 9th Dec 2017
I can personally vouch for this book. Very funny and a very good read. It seems even more relevant now than in 2015 when it was published. Bargain for 99p.

Product Description:

From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world’s most underappreciated forces: shame.

‘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.

Review:

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)
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Listened to the audiobook version and can recommend.

The younger generation would be well advised to consume the content of this book!

We live in an on-line world full of keyboard warriors desperate to wave their flag of virtue and express their puritanical beliefs, at the expense of their next victim. It doesn’t take much to get the crowd stirred-up, baying for your blood. Some of the re-countenances send a shiver down your spine. I am glad the Internet didn’t exist when I was younger!
I'm buying this. JR is a great wit.
They'll be trying to make us lot guilty about being cheapskates next. Fat chance of that...
Great book, had it for my holiday this year!
fantastic book. I've just bought a paper copy for my son!
smallsteve3 h, 23 m ago

Listened to the audiobook version and can recommend.The younger generation …Listened to the audiobook version and can recommend.The younger generation would be well advised to consume the content of this book!We live in an on-line world full of keyboard warriors desperate to wave their flag of virtue and express their puritanical beliefs, at the expense of their next victim. It doesn’t take much to get the crowd stirred-up, baying for your blood. Some of the re-countenances send a shiver down your spine. I am glad the Internet didn’t exist when I was younger!


It existed for me from the age of about 11 but used to take at least 5 minutes for a half decent picture of Jordan to load up in my IT Class
Thank you. Also got the audible version for 3.99.
polarbaba13 m ago

Thank you. Also got the audible version for 3.99.



A slightly different theme, but similarly enjoyable is Dom Joly’s The Dark Tourist - again, i had the audiobook version. You don’t necessarily have to enjoy his other stuff to like the book. He basically goes to places that nobody else would dream of going and reports back e.g. Chernobyl, North Korea, etc. :-)
I have enjoyed and hated his books. It's always been hit or miss with him. I'll get this and just hope this is a hit.
pooool7 h, 18 m ago

They'll be trying to make us lot guilty about being cheapskates next. Fat …They'll be trying to make us lot guilty about being cheapskates next. Fat chance of that...


Are you body shaming your chance? How do you think your chance feels now that they've been humiliated online? You are a disgusting human being!
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