From the internationallyÂ bestselling author of The Psychopath Test,Â a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our worldâ€™s most overlooked forces.
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shamingâ€”meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted.
This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letterâ€”a radically empathetic book about public shaming, and about shaming as a form of social control. It has become such a big part of our lives it has begunÂ Â to feel weird and empty when there isnâ€™t anyone to be furious about.
Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at itÂ has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesnâ€™t cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. Whatâ€™s it doing to them? Whatâ€™s it doing to us?
Ronsonâ€™s book is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline, in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.