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.
This is an updated edition with new afterword, written and narrated by Jon Ronson.
Very unusual, quite weird and properly gripping. Can't wait for his next book/audiobook.
(& I loved Ronson's narration.)
Not as good as the others
I found it a real effort to make myself hit the play button on this. I've read his previous books (and I mean read) and didn't want to put them down. However, this is the first audiobook I've tried of Jon's and I found it really dull and hard going. I don't know if it's his voice (didn't know he sounded like he did) or that I felt he gave too much needless background info on the shamees and went off a irrelevant tangents on each tale... wouldn't be so bad if they were interesting, but they weren't. It's a shame when the subject matter (public shaming) is genuinely interesting.
I'm only a little way in, but I really love it, although I feel sorry for the subjects in the book, saying one little silly thing can land you in all kinds of trouble! Jon Ronson is a good narrator, and funny when using the C BOMB! Sounds to posh to swear, can't wait to finish the book, recommended!!!!