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Jon Ronson discusses So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

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Harvard Book Store welcomes JON RONSON, author of The Psychopath Test, for a discussion of his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.

For the past three years, Jon Ronson has been immersing himself in the world of modern-day public shaming—meeting famous shamees, shamers, and bystanders who have been impacted. This is the perfect time for a modern-day Scarlet Letter—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 begun to feel weird and empty when there isn’t anyone to be furious about. Whole careers are being ruined by one mistake. A transgression is revealed. Our collective outrage at it has the force of a hurricane. Then we all quickly forget about it and move on to the next one, and it doesn’t cross our minds to wonder if the shamed person is okay or in ruins. What’s it doing to them? What’s it doing to us?

Ronson’s book is a powerful, funny, unique, and very humane dispatch from the frontline, in the escalating war on human nature and its flaws.

“So entertaining . . . a smarter, nuttier version of The Tipping Point or Blink. . . . Mr. Ronson . . . follows his trail of bread crumbs to the realms that really matter. . . . Somehow he is able to keep his book both light and nightmarish. . . . He remains terrifically adept at capturing the horror of these developments without losing track of their lunacy.” —The New York Times


Jon Ronson’s books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats. He also cowrote the screenplay for Frank, which was released in theaters August 2014, and which stars Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Ronson is a regular contributor to This American Life and lives in London and New York City.

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