So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology, Sociology

This was a quick read for me, not because that this was a light read but because it was very interesting. This was definitely an eye opener, more often than not we took what we post on the internet for granted especially for most of my friends as I look through my Facebook timeline. With the ever changing world and thanks to internet, people tend to post anything without having a second thought the repercussion it might bring.

Having the privilege to read this book, I became aware of even the smallest thing that could brought upon destruction to yourself, from simple writing of an essay, academic paper or even thesis, to an even more mundane activities that one post on the internet. We amuse ourselves with what we thought was a witty tweet or a funny photo on instagram, but often than not the internet don’t really get our jokes, simply because it’s the internet. No matter how technologically advance the internet is, of course you can’t beat the amazing effect of direct communication and face to face interaction. Of course you can add the hashtag and said that you were just being sarcastic or funny, but it will never be enough on the internet. Maybe I’m just reading too much into it because I am a Communication Science graduate.

The cases that were chosen for this book were also very interesting and I have to be honest, out of all the cases mentioned in this book, I can tell you that I was only aware of Justine Sacco’s case; it was very nice that I can enrich myself with cases that I have never heard before, so maybe this could also be a food for thought. Though it might be true that online shaming is very huge and viral these days, there will always be people as ignorant as me that would not know about it, not until someone else points it out in a book. I know I might be just a minority, but it’s a nice thought, right?

On my part, the author’s analysis and also the resources that were cited in this book along with the cases were very thought provoking for me. It was sort of a nice wake-up call for me to be more careful, especially in terms of citing someone else’s work for my thesis that I am currently writing and also when I voiced my thoughts on the internet, which I oftenly do with a very sarcastic manner.


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