For three years, Jon Ronson traveled 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 the 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.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-290).
Formatted Contents Note
Braveheart I'm glad I'm not that The wilderness God, that was awesome Man descends several rungs in the ladder of civilization Doing something good Journey to a shame-free paradise The shame-eradication workshop A town abuzz over prostitution and a client list The near drowning of Mike Daisey The man who can change the Google search results The terror Raquel in a post-shaming world Cats and ice cream and music Your speed.
New York : Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA) 2015.