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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books; F First Edition edition (March 31 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594487138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594487132
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Gutsy and smart. Without losing any of the clever agility that makes his books so winning, he has taken on truly consequential material and risen to the challenge….fascinating…shocking…Mr. Ronson’s gift for detail-picking is, as ever, a treat.” –The New York Times

“A sharp-eyed and often hilarious book…Jon Ronson has written a fresh, big-hearted take on an important and timely topic. He has nothing to be ashamed of.” –NPR.org
 
“A diligent investigator and a wry, funny writer, Ronson manages to be at once academic and entertaining.” –The Boston Globe

“This is a wonderful book.” –Jon Stewart 
 
“This book really needed to be written.” –Salon.com

“Required reading for the internet age.” – Entertainment Weekly

“With an introspective and often funny lens, [Ronson] tracks down those whose blunders have exploded in the public eye…So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others' poor decisions.” –The Huffington Post
 
“Personable and empathetic, Ronson is an entertaining guide to the odd corners of the shame-o-sphere.” –The Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It’s sharply observed, amusingly told, and, while its conclusions may stop just short of profound, the true pleasure of the book lies in arriving at those conclusions.”
 –The Onion

“Like all of Ronson’s books, this one is hard to put down, but you will absolutely do so at some point to Google yourself.” –TheMillions.com

“An irresistibly gossipy cocktail with a chaser of guilt.” –Newsday
 
“With So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Ronson has written a timely, interesting and titillating read for any Internet drama junkie.” –PopMatters.com

“[A] simultaneously lightweight and necessary book.” –Esquire

"A work of original, inspired journalism, it considers thecomplex dynamics between those who shame and those who are shamed, both of whom can become the focus ofsocial media’s grotesque, disproportionate judgments."  –The Financial Times

"[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] is both entertaining and fair -- a balance we could use a lot more of, online and off."  –Vulture

“Ronson is an entertaining and provocative writer, with a broad reach …[So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed] is a well-reported, entertainingly written account of an important subject.” –The Oregonian

"Ronson is a fun writer to read...fascinating." –Fast Company

“I was mesmerized. And I was also disturbed.”  Forbes

"[So You've Been Publicly Shamed] promises to be the most relevant book of the year." –FlavorWire

"I was sickly fascinated by the book. I think it's Ronson's best book." –Mark Frauenfelder for BoingBoing

"With confidence, verve, and empathy, Ronson skillfully informs and engages the reader without excusing those caught up in the shame game. As he stresses, we are the ones wielding this incredible power over others' lives, often with no regard for the lasting consequences of our actions." –Starred Booklist Review

"Clever and thought-provoking, this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences." –Publishers Weekly

“Relentlessly entertaining and thought-provoking.”  The Guardian

 “Certainly, no reader could finish it without feeling a need to be gentler online, to defer judgment, not to press the retweet button, to resist that primal impulse to stoke the fires of shame.” The Times
 
“Excruciating, un-put-downable…So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a gripping read, packed with humor and compassion and Ronson's characteristic linguistic juggling of the poignant and the absurd.” –Chapter16.org
 
“A powerful and rewarding read, a book utterly of the moment.”—The Hamilton Spectator

“Ronson is a lovely, fluid writer, and he has a keen eye for painful, telling details.” —The Bloomberg View

“Fascinating and trenchant.” –The Denver Post
 
“[Ronson] is one of our most important modern day thinkers…[So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed] is one of the most therapeutic books imaginable.” – US News & Word Report

“Personable and empathetic, Ronson is an entertaining guide to the odd corners of the shame-o-sphere.” –The Houston Chronicle
 
“[A] satirical Malcolm Gladwell… an accessible, fun read.” – Everyday Ebook

"We love Jon Ronson. He’s thoughtful and very funny. [So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed] is a great book about the way the internet can gang up on people and shame them, when they deserve it, when they don’t deserve it and it’s great."  – Judd Apatow

"Jon Ronson is unreal. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed –everyone should read that book. He’s one of my favorite human beings." – Bill Hader 

"[A] brilliant, thought-provoking book – a fascinating examination of citizen justice, which has enjoyed a great renaissance since the advent of the internet." – Tatler 

 
"A terrifying and keen insight into a new form of misguided mass hysteria." Jesse Eisenberg
 
"A fascinating exploration of modern media and public shaming… It's a great conversation starter. Is Twitter the new Salem Witch trials?"Reese Witherspoon
 

About the Author

Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He also cowrote the screenplay for Frank, which will be released in theaters August 2014, and which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life and lives in London and New York City.

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Ronson dives head first into the territory of social media, giving a refreshingly smart perspective on this little bit of power most of us see as a casual extension of our everyday lives. Ronson's book is awakening in a sense that he makes us aware of how mundane social media can be at the individual level, yet how devastatingly powerful (and scary) it can be when understood as a collective tool for the masses. While it relies a bit too heavily on words and not so much on numbers and statistics, the book opens the door for new and inventive conversations in the realm of social psychology and the centuries-old idea of public shaming.
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Wow! Mind-blowing. Made me think we are back in the Salem Witch Hunt of ancient times - beware of being too socially connected--strangers berating you--who would put themselves out there for this kind of judgment.
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Enjoyed this read - sheds much needed light on the subject. Was somewhat dissatisfied with how the book comes to an end...not that it leaves you hanging, but just doesn't seem to really come to a close or any type of overall conclusion to the issue at hand.
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Mr. Ronson convincingly argues that shaming can be single worst human emotion. It can be so overwhelming as to prompt suicidal ideation rather than face society’s disapproval. In the past, social shaming was used as punishment for crimes until it was outlawed at the end of the 19th century in the U.S. because it was considered cruel and unusual punishment. With social media, it’s come back with a vengeance. For most of the shamed individuals that Mr. Ronson features, the shamed to lost their jobs and had considerable difficulty finding further employment. Twitter presents a problem in that it’s almost impossible have a comment taken out of context using a maximum of 140 characters, the context of course being that the individual is meaning the comments to be read by those who know them and understand the nuances of their message. Mr. Ronson argues convincingly that the horrific consequences of public shaming are an issue that needs to be explored and he does it admirable.
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By Richard Schwindt TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 14 2015
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For the first time writing an Amazon review I looked at the rating and noticed the words beside it: "Posted publicly as Richard Schwindt". Then I thought, "What will people think?" I have written many reviews and many books; most importantly for our purposes here, two on workplace mobbing. Every day I hear from people who were mobbed at work and sometimes in communities, congregations or peer groups. I always enjoy Jon Ronson's curiously breezy and curious prose about serious and complex subjects. And I marvel how he goes right to the source of the subject, treating topics that would elicit earnest exposition from most other journalists as something of a lark. This book was a must read for me and I came away impressed. He has as always gone right to the heart of the subject; tracking and recording the words of people who had been shamed, shunned and humilated on a grand scale. He asks about the impact of public shaming - mob action - on the targets, those who pile on and the larger impact on society. Is our ability to humiliate an individual on the grand tableau of the internet "democratization" or is it a force for conformity, stifling creativity and difference? Is there a growing formum for unhealthy righteousness that will drive real discussion underground by allowing silly or mildly offensive remarks to destroy people? These are questions we should all be worrying about. In the end - and this is Ronson's real strength - everyone interviewed turns out to be a thinking feeling human being, even those who have been reviled by millions. Some of them had been seriously offensive; some just silly but called out. Either way, the public opprobrium was the same. This is an important book and should be read by anyone interested in freedom of expression, human foolishness and students of social change and cohesion.
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I heard about this book after watching Jon Ronson's interview on The Daily Show. I wanted to read it because I am always facinated by the control and influence social media has over our lives.

This book is basically a documentary but in written form. It has interviews, investigations and history all relating to the topic of public shaming. All are very well researched and thought-out. And the great thing is, it is super easy to read. It doesn't use convoluted words and has a dash of humour throughout to keep the flow moving.

While I mostly read this for the social media aspect, I found myself fascinated by the other types of shaming discussed: like prisoners in a jail or public shaming as a verdict for a legal case. There were also some shaming situations that I had never considered before discussed which I found to be really interesting (like "watch your speed" signs").

Not only does Ronson talk about what public shaming is and its various forms, he also tries to find out why public shaming has the effects that it does on some people and not others. I'm a science student, so I really liked the psychology aspect to this story. It added another layer to this story I think.
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This was an outstanding read and was wake-up call especially for people who don't understand the implications of Twitter. Each chapter led into the next and the anecdotes provided by Ronson were both informative and riveting. This was an excellent read--maybe even an essential read. It is definitely one of the better books I have read this year.
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