I picked this book up from The Works as I hadn’t looked at any psychology since doing my A level and thought that this looked like an interesting way to get back into it. I’m glad I did as it was very interesting to read about something that is so common in today’s online based culture, but which we normally only see one side of. These people who are punished by the online community often just make a simple mistake, or the situation has been misunderstood, and this can have drastic impacts on them for the rest of their lives. It could reduce the chances of getting a job, finding a romantic partner or even just living a normal life.
The book starts off with Ronson’s own personal experience with this phenomena and shows us where his interest in how other people have reacted and coped comes from, as well as referencing some journal articles which give us some reliable data and information to absorb. The different ways in which people have gone about moving on from intense public shaming were very interesting, and the help available out there is something I had never conceived the existence of, but makes perfect sense once you’re aware of it. Nothing can ever be deleted from the internet.
It’s a very interesting and quick read, as I finished it in less than 2 hours, to learn more about how people interact and behave in todays’ age of Twitter, the Internet and accidental infamy. I very much enjoyed it and want to pick up more books by this author as his writing style flows well and the topics of his other books also look intriguing.