Have you ever been publicly shamed on social media?

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Image of Public Shaming book cover

Ever felt the sting of public shaming on social media? Jon Ronson has.

Head to the National Library on Tuesday 1 September as Ronson talks about his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Inspired by the theft of his identity through a fake Twitter account, Ronson interviewed individuals involved in high-profile cases of online public shaming.

Through this investigation he explores the powerful and devastating effects of the phenomenon that is becoming an epidemic on social media.

There will be a book signing and refreshments after the talk.

Digital Culture Talk at the National Library of Australia
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed with Jon Ronson
Tuesday 1 September, 6 pm

Cost: $20 (includes refreshments and book signing)
Book now

Supported by Melbourne Writers Festival and Brisbane Writers Festival.

Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson is an award-winning non-fiction writer and documentary maker. His many bestselling books include The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats. His first fictional screenplay Frank was co-written with Peter Straughan, directed by Lenny Abrahamson and stars Michael Fassbender. Ronson lives in London and New York City.

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5 Responses to Have you ever been publicly shamed on social media?
Proboscus Proboscus 6:29 pm 08 Sep 15

pink little birdie said :

Bring back Monday bad parking

And the Mully Award

pink little birdie pink little birdie 5:14 pm 08 Sep 15

Bring back Monday bad parking

zllauh zllauh 4:34 pm 08 Sep 15

Social media is a sword now a days.
Getting ashamed there, is the last thing one can ever imagine :p

Nilrem Nilrem 1:14 pm 24 Aug 15

Rollersk8r said :

What is this obsession with rules when it comes to using the road?

Errr, they stop people from being killed by the two-tonne masses of steel and glass that many of us choose to use as a mode of transport.

Rollersk8r Rollersk8r 12:27 pm 24 Aug 15

This reminded me – have seen a few things lately, including a story in the Canberra Times, about people recording drivers on the road and posting videos to Facebook groups and “road shamer” websites.

Seriously – who could be bothered?? You fork out money for a dashboard camera and waste your time transferring and uploading videos, for what?? So you feel slightly better about yourself?? So you claim some kind of revenge??

What is this obsession with rules when it comes to using the road? Of course I think my own driving’s great – and I see countless bad examples every time I’m on the road – but why would I waste my life shaming others?? Are people REALLY going to search their own number plates and change their behaviour having been shamed?? I know I won’t be!

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