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Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, March - I'm new to Jon Ronson's writing, having only heard portions of his insta-classic The Psychopath Test. His latest book, So You've Been Publicly Shamed, came highly recommended from a coworker, who sent over the manuscript. After being sucked in by the first few pages, I suddenly noticed I hadn't done any work in 45 minutes; clearly this was something special. In the book, Ronson highlights those who have been publicly shamed – a concept becoming more prevalent and more effective due to the rise in social media. I can't wait to listen to the whole thing in Ronson's own words, with his unique cadence and magnetic accent. —Chris, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

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.
Jon Ronson is an award-winning writer and documentary maker. He is the author of two bestsellers, 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.
©2015 Jon Ronson (P)2015 Audible Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Gretchen SLP on 08-26-16

Thank You To All Who Recommended This!

WOW, this was a riveting listen. I normally listen to nonfiction on my commute to work (so I can learn something useful while waking up sufficiently to be fully ready to learn more from my patients), and mysteries or thrillers on my way home (to keep me awake on the road). SYBPS was that incredibly rare nonfiction book that was so enthralling I found myself listening both to and from work and in any spare minutes I could find at home, eager to hear about the next case of real-life public shaming and what details Ronson, a crackerjack journalist, would dig up that would totally turn the story on its head. Jon Ronson, my new hero, has forever changed the way his readers view social media and the internet generally. I was especially astonished to read/hear about the flaws--which now appear glaringly obvious--in Zimbardo's Stanford Prison Experiment, a study which I had previously felt confident I understood and believed in the conclusions of. I'd say the only flaw in this book (a tiny one) is that the chapter on the Shame Eradication workshop is a little bit gratuitous and drawn out, probably to stretch it to closer to the length of other chapters. I recommend this book to every adult. Grade: A-plus.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Megan Gunter on 04-02-15

You'll never look at public shaming the same way

I expected this book to be a bit more light hearted, like a retrospective and sympathetic look at old memes like the Rebecca Blacks and Light Saber Ninja meme kids who the Internet turned into jokes. Instead Ronson takes the reader to the darkest levels of public shaming and forces us to see how we are all part of this modern epidemic of social media shaming. He focuses in on the way shame destroys people on such a fundamental level and how difficult it is to recover from being publicly shamed. My biggest complaint is probably the books length, I'm left wondering about so many people in the book and how their stores unfold, I also wish there were more explorations on shame as it effects physical wellbeing. Like all of Ronson's books it is a compilation of people's stories and experiences that are all centered around a single theme, but I feel in this instance there are so many more stories that could've been tied in. Regardless, I found it very intriguing, and entertaining (and I now feel ashamed for finding a book about shaming people entertaining...). Ronson's narration is fantastic as well.

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