Jon Ronson Interview

28 Sep, 2015 by

Jon Ronson Interview

Social media has brought pretty dramatic shifts to the way we communicate, and it isn’t just the fact that we can now share funny cat videos in real time.

Twitter played a central role in uprisings in the Middle East, most famously in Egypt, and it has given us a democratisation of opinion. No longer are the media able to speak to us from a great height; we can all call out bad behaviour – from government, from business, from individuals – in real time. And it feels pretty good. A chance to make a difference in the world.

But what about the people at the other end of those campaigns? What happens to them, when the spotlight arrives? And if what they did was wrong, why should we care?

Jon Ronson is the best-selling author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare At Goats, and in his latest book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, Jon examines those questions.

While he was in town for the Brisbane Writers’ Festival, Jon Ronson sat down with Sky Kirkham to talk about shame, Donald Trump, and the fallacy of the madness of crowds. Originally broadcast on 24/09/15. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is out now through Pan Macmillan

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