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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

 

by Jon Ronson

 

Riverhead

 

Reader Appeal: Teens and Adults

 

Genre: Nonfiction / Social Issues

 

PopFam Rating: A

 

Quick Summary: Here’s a fascinating exploration of the new paradigms brought about by the power of social networks. Public shaming used to be the domain of Colonial towns in the 1600s, but Twitter (and other social networks) now make it possible to shame anyone, anywhere, with the power of public opinion.

 

Jon Ronson digs into this subject with mixed emotions. Some deserve shaming, he suggests, but are others simply the victims of a poorly-worded tweet? Are the shamers worse than the shamed? A thought-provoking book worth discussing in your family.

 

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