So You ve Been Publicly Shamed Book
Score: 4
From 37 Ratings

So You ve Been Publicly Shamed


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2015-03-31
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698172524

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So You ve Been Publicly Shamed Excerpt :

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.

The Men Who Stare at Goats Book
Score: 3.5
From 39 Ratings

The Men Who Stare at Goats


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-06-28
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451665970

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The Men Who Stare at Goats Excerpt :

Bizarre military history: In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and—perhaps most chillingly—kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back—and they’re fighting the War on Terror. An uproarious exploration of American military paranoia: With investigations ranging from the mysterious “Goat Lab,” to Uri Geller’s covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U.S. presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read—if only because it is all true and is still happening today.

The Shame Machine Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Shame Machine


  • Author : Cathy O'Neil
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2022-03-22
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781984825469

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The Shame Machine Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS’ CHOICE • A clear-eyed warning about the increasingly destructive influence of America’s “shame industrial complex” in the age of social media and hyperpartisan politics—from the New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction “O’Neil reminds us that we must resist the urge to judge, belittle, and oversimplify, and instead allow always for complexity and lead always with empathy.”—Dave Eggers, author of The Every Shame is a powerful and sometimes useful tool: When we publicly shame corrupt politicians, abusive celebrities, or predatory corporations, we reinforce values of fairness and justice. But as Cathy O’Neil argues in this revelatory book, shaming has taken a new and dangerous turn. It is increasingly being weaponized—used as a way to shift responsibility for social problems from institutions to individuals. Shaming children for not being able to afford school lunches or adults for not being able to find work lets us off the hook as a society. After all, why pay higher taxes to fund programs for people who are fundamentally unworthy? O’Neil explores the machinery behind all this shame, showing how governments, corporations, and the healthcare system capitalize on it. There are damning stories of rehab clinics, reentry programs, drug and diet companies, and social media platforms—all of which profit from “punching down” on the vulnerable. Woven throughout The Shame Machine is the story of O’Neil’s own struggle with body image and her recent weight-loss surgery, which awakened her to the systematic shaming of fat people seeking medical care. With clarity and nuance, O’Neil dissects the relationship between shame and power. Whom does the system serve? Is it counter-productive to call out racists, misogynists, and vaccine skeptics? If so, when should someone be “canceled”? How do current incentive structures perpetuate the shaming cycle? And, most important, how can we all fight back?

Lost at Sea Book
Score: 4
From 36 Ratings

Lost at Sea


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2015-12-31
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9781447265511

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Lost at Sea Excerpt :

Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these fascinating stories of the chaos that lies on the fringe of our daily lives will have you wondering just what we're capable of. This updated edition of Lost at Sea includes the complete text of Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie. Jon Ronson has been on patrol with America's real-life superheroes and to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams. He's met a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen and asked a conscious robot if she's got a soul. Fascinated by madness, strange behaviour and the human mind, Jon has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. Collected from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ) Lost at Sea features the very best of his adventures. Portions of this book have appeared previously, in slightly different form, in Out of the Ordinary, What I Do, the Guardian and GQ.

Them Book
Score: 4.5
From 3 Ratings

Them


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2011-06-28
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439126738

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Them Excerpt :

A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room. As a journalist and a Jew, Ronson was often considered one of "Them" but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place. Was he just not invited? Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room. Along the way he meets Omar Bakri Mohammed, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, PR-savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp. In the forests of northern California he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians -- like Dick Cheney and George Bush -- undertake a bizarre owl ritual. Ronson's investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking-glass world of "us" and "them." Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists. Are the extremists onto something? Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them?

Frank Book
Score: 3
From 6 Ratings

Frank


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2014-01-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN 10 : 9780698155572

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Frank Excerpt :

From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test comes a characteristically humorous story of a musician on the margins. In Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Jon Ronson reflects on his days playing keyboard for the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank Sidebottom, best known for performing with a big fake head with a cartoon face painted on it, was a cult favorite in the United Kingdom and is the subject of the new movie Frank, co-written by Ronson and starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson.

Is Shame Necessary  Book

Is Shame Necessary


  • Author : Jennifer Jacquet
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2016-01-12
  • Genre: Science
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307950130

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Is Shame Necessary Excerpt :

An urgent, illuminating exploration of the social nature of shame and of how it might be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform. “[Jacquet] exposes the ways shame plays into collective ideas of punishment and reward, and the social mechanisms that dictate the ways we dictate our behavior.” —The Boston Globe Examining how we can retrofit the art of shaming for the age of social media, Jennifer Jacquet shows that we can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Urgent and illuminating, Is Shame Necessary? offers an entirely new understanding of how shame, when applied in the right way and at the right time, has the capacity to keep us from failing our planet and, ultimately, from failing ourselves.

Shame and Guilt Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

Shame and Guilt


  • Author : June Price Tangney
  • Publisher : Guilford Press
  • Release Date : 2003-11-01
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 1572309873

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Shame and Guilt Excerpt :

This volume reports on the growing body of knowledge on shame and guilt, integrating findings from the authors' original research program with other data emerging from social, clinical, personality, and developmental psychology. Evidence is presented to demonstrate that these universally experienced affective phenomena have significant implications for many aspects of human functioning, with particular relevance for interpersonal relationships. --From publisher's description.

Extreme Metaphors Book

Extreme Metaphors


  • Author : J. G. Ballard
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release Date : 2012-09-27
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN 10 : 9780007467235

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Extreme Metaphors Excerpt :

A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J.G. Ballard’s greatest interviews.

Rememberings Book
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

Rememberings


  • Author : Sinéad O'Connor
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin
  • Release Date : 2021
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 313
  • ISBN 10 : 9780358423881

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Rememberings Excerpt :

From the acclaimed, controversial singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor comes a revelatory memoir of her fraught childhood, musical triumphs, fearless activism, and of the enduring power of song. Blessed with a singular voice and a fiery temperament, Sinéad O'Connor rose to massive fame in the late 1980s and 1990s with a string of gold records. By the time she was twenty, she was world famous--living a rock star life out loud. From her trademark shaved head to her 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up Pope John Paul II's photograph, Sinéad has fascinated and outraged millions. In Rememberings, O'Connor recounts her painful tale of growing up in Dublin in a dysfunctional, abusive household. Inspired by a brother's Bob Dylan records, she escaped into music. She relates her early forays with local Irish bands; we see Sinéad completing her first album while eight months pregnant, hanging with Rastas in the East Village, and soaring to unimaginable popularity with her cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2U." Intimate, replete with candid anecdotes and told in a singular form true to her unconventional career, Sinéad's memoir is a remarkable chronicle of an enduring and influential artist.

Summary of Jon Ronson s So You ve Been Publicly Shamed Book

Summary of Jon Ronson s So You ve Been Publicly Shamed


  • Author : Everest Media,
  • Publisher : Everest Media LLC
  • Release Date : 2022-06-09T22:59:00Z
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 31
  • ISBN 10 : 9798822528543

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Summary of Jon Ronson s So You ve Been Publicly Shamed Excerpt :

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 I was in the mood for a tidy plate of onion grill with crusty bread. I was at war with a robot version of myself. The spambot left me feeling powerless and sullied. My identity had been redefined all wrong by strangers. #2 I had a conversation with three men who claimed to be academics from reputable universities, and they said they were trying to protect my identity by saying I was a robot. I was annoyed because it was not me tweeting, it was me being myself. #3 I was so excited to see the comments on my YouTube video, which mocked the academics for their comments about me eating wasabi dumplings. It felt wonderful to be victorious, and I was proud of the other recent social media shamings I’d enjoyed. #4 When powerful people transgress, we are there to respond. When the media mocks a food bank for giving out food parcels without running ID checks, Twitter donations rise to the charity by the end of the day.

The Things They Carried Book
Score: 4
From 46 Ratings

The Things They Carried


  • Author : Tim O'Brien
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-13
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780547420295

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The Things They Carried Excerpt :

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene, The Things They Carried is a ground-breaking meditation on war, memory, imagination, and the redemptive power of storytelling. The Things They Carried depicts the men of Alpha Company: Jimmy Cross, Henry Dobbins, Rat Kiley, Mitchell Sanders, Norman Bowker, Kiowa, and the character Tim O’Brien, who has survived his tour in Vietnam to become a father and writer at the age of forty-three. Taught everywhere—from high school classrooms to graduate seminars in creative writing—it has become required reading for any American and continues to challenge readers in their perceptions of fact and fiction, war and peace, courage and fear and longing. The Things They Carried won France's prestigious Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize; it was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Magic and Loss Book
Score: 2.5
From 3 Ratings

Magic and Loss


  • Author : Virginia Heffernan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-06-27
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501132674

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Magic and Loss Excerpt :

A digital-culture expert who writes for The New York Times Magazine discusses the logic, aesthetics, cultural potential and societal impact of the Internet, a medium that favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy and versatility."

The Psychopath Test Book
Score: 3.5
From 1,705 Ratings

The Psychopath Test


  • Author : Jon Ronson
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2011-05-12
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101515167

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The Psychopath Test Excerpt :

In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

Fahrenheit 451 Book
Score: 4
From 1,774 Ratings

Fahrenheit 451


  • Author : Ray Bradbury
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2003-09-23
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 216
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743247221

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Fahrenheit 451 Excerpt :

A totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.