So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Required reading for the internet age. (2015.3)


关于本书 About the book

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.

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.

本书金句 Key insights

● Public shaming started long ago, and most societies have had ways of not just inflicting physical pain on those convicted of a wrongdoing but of degrading and shaming them in public.

● Today, public shaming is experiencing a renaissance in global online communities. Seemingly small infractions elicit extreme public reactions.

● Public shaming is sometimes an effective way to oppose injustice.

● Public shaming is indeed an effective deterrent to crime, however, shame can also elicit crime and violence.

● Should you ever become the victim of unwarranted public shaming, there is a way out – but only if you’re a millionaire.