So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson
Published by Riverhead Hardcover (March 31, 2015)
I think Ronson's arguments about the actual psychological and social
damage of shame are powerful and important. However, several times
during reading, i laughed. Out loud. And not at anything that was
supposed to be funny.
For example, in a book about shaming, the
author attributes the efficacy of those signs on the side of the road
that tell you your speed to... feedback loops. He thinks the value is in
showing you your speed, not in showing everyone around you. It's a
shaming device, at least in part. And that's ignored.
one: after chapters and chapters and chapters of Jonah Lehrer observing
that if he'd only fact-checked his book, he'd have saved himself a lot
of trouble, Ronson gets Godwin's Law wrong. He cites a corollary of it
as if it were the law itself. 15 seconds on wikipedia would have been
enough to get that one right.
So... valuable insight, oddly
shoddy writing and editing. Certainly very readable, and probably
worthwhile, but it only escaped being thrown at the wall because i was
reading it in a public place with innocent bystanders nearby.
(I received a free Advance Reader's Copy of this book through Amazon Vine.)