Saturday, February 20, 2021

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

Author: Jon Ronson
Original title: So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Edition Language: English
Series: no
Genres: Nonfiction
Format: Audio book
Read by: Jon Ronson
Duration: 8h16m

    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.

My thoughts:
       I loved this book so much and I was also properly terrified by it. It seems that I live in a bunker and has never thought that public shaming grew to such absurdity and cruelty. I keep away from social media mostly because it is boring and time consuming, but it amazes me how many people are obsessed with following and "teaching" others a lesson. This was a fascinating read about shame in the modern world and how it can impact a life of ordinary people. 
    The Internet has made it easier to make a mistake and then be publicly humiliated for it, and Jon Ronson researched and wrote about a few famous cases. I have never heard of the cases stated here, but all of them gained my compassion. A person is being torn apart by people like us for so little, that in real life would be mostly reprimanded or harshly commented. It seems that compassion is gone from virtual world or people are being afraid to stand for a shamed person, so they would be not objectified as well.
    It's not a perfect book. In fact, Ronson goes a number of paths in history and origin of shaming, modern technologies to deal with shame and so on - and yet it is still quite fun to go on the journey with him. The book has a lot of gaps as well, many important topics are just slightly covered, but I guess it was not the aim of this book to cover everything and everyone. It raises the question of our behavior online, appeals to our morality and asks what are WE going to do next time someone will be butchered online. 
     A book is incredibly actual, 5  years since this book has been published and it’s still as relevant. I am thinking about recent J.K. Rowling shaming, which took ridiculous proportions for a single tweet.
    This book I definitely recommend. Narration by the author really gives this audiobook the perfect voice. All the information and examples provided were very interesting.


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