A Timely Read: So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
I typically have several posts in draft form waiting to be published, and none of them felt right for today. I was going to skip posting, since I don’t like force myself to write if I’m “not feeling it,” yet I feel compelled to post something.
The events which have occurred in our country over the past few days have left me reeling, as I’m sure many of you are. I want to comment on what has happened, although I don’t know where to start. I feel horror, sadness, frustration, and I’m hesitant to voice my specific opinions in a public forum.
As I was scrolling through Facebook tonight, I saw several posts which contained close up images of protesters in Charlottesville, with wording added asking “Do you know me? Are you my employer? Here I am at a Nazi Rally.”
It immediately brought to mind Jon Ronson‘s thought-provoking, semi-frightening book So, You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, which I read a couple years ago. In it, Ronson chronicles his travels around the world to recipients of high-profile public shamings. It’s a fascinating look at the phenomenon of public shaming in this current age of social media and instant news alerts.
It’s a powerful book, both insightful and humorous, as is typical Ronson style. I highly recommend it!
Have you read it? What did you think?