So You've Been Publicly Shamed - Jon Ronson

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Artist Jon Ronson

  • Release Date: 2015-03-31
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 126 Ratings


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.


  • Fantastically engaging

    By Tim Goldberg
    Anyone who uses social media (especially Twitter) should read this book. It breaks down exactly how and why internet outrage happens, and what the consequences are for the people on the receiving end. It's pop psychology for sure, but there is a ton of genuine insight to be found here.
  • A great book and a wonderful cautionary tale

    By jcfiske
    Thanks to Jon for writing another thought provoking exploration of a modern truth. The book should be required reading for anyone with a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram Account.

    By AnnieLovesTheBeatles
    This book was amazing. I didn't want it to end. I love the tone, structure, voice and subject. Going to get a paper copy too!
  • Nice book

    By Jimmy tran dang
    Nice book