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[Audible Members] So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Free for Audible Members (Was $23.41) @ Audible.com

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is the explosive new release from Sunday Times best-selling author of The Psychopath Test and well-known journalist Jon Ronson, who narrates this complete and unabridged audiobook. Ronson gives an enlightening exploration of public shaming on social media. These people are not always a star-studded cast of interviewees but often ordinary people thrown unwittingly into the spotlight. Ronson expertly explores the psychology behind the human fear of shame. This is captivating listening that goes to the very heart of what it means to be shamed. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary:
From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling 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 jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work. Once their transgressions were revealed, collective outrage circled with the force of a hurricane, and the next thing they knew they were being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered, demonized, sometimes even fired from their jobs.

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.

Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of two best sellers, Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats, and two collections Out of the Ordinary: True Tales of Everyday Craziness and What I Do: More True Tales of Everyday Craziness. He lives in London.

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  • Interesting book, this one; I read it a few years ago. It details well some online errors and their viral responses with the additional context of initial intent and patterns of the person in question.

    The two cases that resonated well are Justine Sacco of the infamous AIDS comment when travelling to Africa and another where a lady overheard a private conversation at a conference and rather than speaking to the people in question posted online with initial consequences to the people and then rebounded on her.
    There is one chapter where he goes way off track (he decides he needs to bring a certain industry into the discussion), but on the whole a good read, bringing the various stories together, along with noting our social media born righteous outrage.

    I would recommend this book but I read it rather than listened to it so can't speak to the narration quality of the audio book. But free!

  • Thanks picked it up.

  • I binged his pod during the pandemic and really enjoyed it so will chase this up. Thanks!

  • Audible members get 1 book a month free so not sure where rhe deal is

  • Where is the deal?

    • I appreciate your ironic attempt at public shaming.

      But also, I appreciate the fact you didnt intentionally post your comment as irony or humour.

      Now who's being ironically shamed in public?

      Shameception.