As I mentioned, I recently read Jon Ronson’s book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” and thought it made some very compelling points on the renaissance of public shaming in the age of social media. I was going to post my highlights, but then I realized I’d highlighted about 30% of the book, so instead:
I wrote down what I thought were some of the key, take-home points the book made, and pulled quotes from the book in no particular order for each of them. It’s still a wall of text, but feel free to wade in if you’re interested.
Again, I strongly recommend giving this book a read.
- Public shaming is often motivated by a belief that one is Doing Good
- Public shaming is about social conformity
- Public shaming can make us LESS aware of viewpoints different that our own
- Shame works because we are all afraid
- Shaming others can bring out our own brutality
- Shame leads to dehumanization and “death of the soul”
- Shame leads to violence
- Technology has strange warping effects on how public shaming
affects us (and social media shaming can have longer impacts than we
- There is evidence that “De-shaming” may have more positive outcomes than shaming
quotes from the book supporting each point under the cut. (bolding mine, quotes by paragraph and in no particular order)