About: Now a New York Times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world s most underappreciated forces shame It s about the terror isn t it The terror of what I said The terror of being found out 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 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 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
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