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The Reddie Read, Fall 2017

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson

Jon Ronson     So You've Been Publicly Shamed book cover

About the book

In So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon investigates our obsession with social media and its sometimes disastrous impact on our lives and collective conscience. It’s a timely and humane account that has been selected by many communities and campuses as a community-wide read. NPR called the book “[a] big-hearted take on an important and timely topic.” 

Jon’s New York Times magazine story – How One Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life – an extract from So You've Been Publicly Shamed, was the second most read story in the Times throughout the whole of 2015

About the author

Jon Ronson is a gonzo journalist in the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson, but with the comic heart of Monty Python. An award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker, his unique brand of intellect and comic wit has been described by comedian Jon Stewart as “satirical investigation.”

Jon Ronson's nonfiction books So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them: Adventures with Extremists, Lost at Sea and The Men Who Stare At Goats have all been international and/or New York Times bestsellers. The Psychopath Test spent nearly two years on the UK bestseller list. His books have been translated into more than 30 languages.

The Men Who Stare At Goats was adapted into a film starring George Clooney. The film adaptation of The Psychopath Test is currently in development starring Scarlett Johansson, directed by Jay Roach, and with a screenplay by Kristin Gore.

Jon’s two TED talks have been watched more than 12 million times.

His most recent work is an Audible Original audio series, The Butterfly Effect. It was released in July 2017, went straight to Number One in the US audiobook charts, and has remained there ever since.

In 2016 he published the Amazon Kindle Single, The Elephant in the Room: A Journey into the Trump Campaign and the Alt Right.

Jon’s original screenplays include the critically acclaimed Netflix original Okja, which he co-wrote with Bong-Joon Ho, and Frank, which he co-wrote with Peter Straughan. For Frank, Jon and Peter won the 2014 best screenplay award at the British Independent Film Awards.

In the US Jon is a regular contributor to This American Life, the New York Times magazine and GQ magazine, and has appeared many times as a guest on shows like The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The New Yorker Radio Hour, Conan, Craig Ferguson, and Inside Amy Schumer. Jon’s New York Times magazine story – How One Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life – an extract from So You've Been Publicly Shamed, was the second most read story in the Times throughout the whole of 2015.

In the UK Jon writes regularly for The Guardian. His many UK documentaries include Stanley Kubrick's Boxes, The Secret Rulers of the World, and seven seasons of the multi award winning BBC Radio 4 programme Jon Ronson On…

He lives in New York City. (The Tuesday Agency)

Campus Activities

September 20, 2017:
Jon Ronson
"So You've Been Publicly Shamed"
Reception and book signing to follow.
7:00 p.m. Arkansas Hall Auditorium

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