So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 31/12/2015
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So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Will change the way you behave online.
This book has many shocking moments and it points a spotlight at our society which seems fixated on quick reaction and not a measured thoughtful response. ... READ MORE
Paul at Brentwood
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
An entertaining exploration of an increasingly evident phenomenon...
I love Jon Ronson's writing so I was delighted to receive a reading copy of this book for review - and I wasn't disappointed. The concept of public shaming... READ MORE
Kate at Cork
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Scary Absurdity of the Virtual-Pitchfork-Wielding Mobs
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is compulsive reading about shaming in the modern world and the relatively new but powerful virtual-pitchfork-wielding mobs.... READ MORE
Nicole at Haywards Heath
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Another entertaining read from Ronson
Jon Ronson's books never fail to amuse, shock, and raise important questions, and this one is no different. 'So You've been Publicly Shamed' is a very rele... READ MORE
Gem - Wigan
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A thought provoking that veers between humorous and shocking
Jon Ronson is famous as the author of The Psychopath Test and Them: Adventures with Extremists. Seeing that proof copies were available of his latest work,... READ MORE


From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, this is 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.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9780330492294
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 230g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 20 mm

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So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Shame on you if you don't read this!
Everyone who shoots their mouth off online, safe behind the anonymity of their computers should be made to read this book. Ronson goes deep into the psycho... READ MORE
Richard Keay
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A Thought Provoking Read About Social Media Based Shame
I found this a thoughtful read. It featured a number of interesting cases, of people who have received extreme reactions to their badly thought out message... READ MORE
Isla Scott
So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Another hit from Ronson
I love Jon Ronson's writing and I loved this book. He is a self-deprecating genius. Being attacked by a 'mob' online is a daily occurrence for someone or... READ MORE
Ian C