So You've Been Publicly ShamedBook - 2015
"From the internationally bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most overlooked forces. For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming-meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted. This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letter-a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begun to feel weird and empty when there isn't anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesn't cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. What's it doing to them? What's it doing to us? Ronson's book is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline, in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws"--
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KateHillier Apr 21, 2015
A very readable book book - mostly finished in one sitting. We've all seen what happens when Twitter or 4chan or the Internet in general determines that there's been some great wrong been committed. Some of that is for the good but some of that is utterly devastating and the public shaming endure... Read More »
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P 248 And after they were jailed, things got only worse. At Walpole-Massachusetts's most riot-prone prison during the 1970s-officers intentionally flooded the cells and put insects in the prisoners' food. They forced inmates to lie face-down before they were allowed meals. Sometimes officers would tell prisoners they had a visitor... then the officer would say that he was just kidding. And so on. 'They thought these things would be how to get them to obey," Gilligan told me. 'But it did the exact opposite. It stimulated violence.' 'Literally every killer told you this?' I asked. 'It amazed me how universal it was,' Gilligan replied. 'Over decades.'
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