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Shame in the Public Domain: Jon Ronson’s New Book on Humiliation Culture is Hilarious and Horrifying

I was so pleased that Comedy Central stood by Trevor Noah … because the most spineless people in my book are the employers.

 

Jon Ronson‘s voice has come through your radio before, broadcast from WDET during shows such as This American Life” and there’s a chance you’ve seen him on a stage or a screen, doing the rounds on TV talk shows to speak about any number of articles, films, radio features or books he’s just completed. More than 1.3 million people have watched a video of him online, speaking about his book The Psychopath Test, which has been optioned for a film staring Scarlett Johansson

Ronson speaks with WDET’s Travis Wright about his new book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed,”hitting on the cultural history of public shaming, its resurgence on the Internet, and how people such as the new host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah, should handle public shaming in the 21st century.

Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Image credit: Courtesy of Penguin Random House

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Travis Wright

Host, CultureShift

Bringing a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.

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