This week we are mostly... reading about public shaming
You know those days when you say the wrong thing? When stuff just doesn’t go to plan. You mean to check some detail but forget and then someone picks you up on it...
For most of us, it can just be a bad day in the office. For other people it can be catastrophic.
In So you’ve been publicly shamed, Jon Ronson tracks down those who have had their personal lives and careers destroyed. He likens today’s Twitter storms to the public punishments of the 1800s, questioning whether we have a need for public humiliation in our society. He tells personal stories, how the experience affected each person, and their journey back from the brink.
The book is a warning to be careful about what you put out in the public domain. To think before you post or publish. As Jon Ronson writes, “We are defining the boundaries of normality by tearing apart the people outside of it.”