Lit Up Episode 6: Jon Ronson On Shaming, The Internet and Celebrity Dogs

Jon Ronson photo credit Emli Bendixen

This week our guest was the effortlessly charasmatic Jon Ronson. His latest book So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed is an investigation into the nature of mass humiliation in the age of the Internet. Oof.

This hot topic incites passionate opinions and I think you’ll hear us wrestling with them, and each other, here. It was one of those special conversations that runs away with itself, that goes to unexpected places – and one that you never want to end.

Because we chatted for so long we have left off our usual “what we’ve been up to this week” update so you can enjoy the full interview. We look forward to your comments. Bring them on.

xxx Angie & Emily

Jon Ronson’s other books include the New York Times bestsellers The Psychopath Test and Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries; the e-originals Frank: The True Story That Inspired the Movie and The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones; and international bestsellers Them: Adventures with Extremists and The Men Who Stare at Goats as well as the screenplay for Frank, which debuted at Sundance 2014. Ronson lives in London and New York City. Follow Jon on Twitter @jonronson .

So_You've_Been_Publicly_Shamed Jon Ronson photo credit Emli Bendixen

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1 Comment

  • I was happy you all talked about Jonah Lehrer at length. I have something of a soft spot for him. His books, especially Proust was a Neuroscientist, were a big deal for me as a young academic. I credit him and Oliver Sacks with introducing me to neuroscience and psych, which have since become big interests for me. What he did is not excusable, but I’m with Ronson, I think he deserves another chance. Emily, clearly, was not of the same mind. But I’d argue that the mistakes he made did not hinge on his privilege as a white, affluent, man. He certainly exploited some privilege, and Ronson was right again, that it had more to do with his inability to see that he’s not some sort of “explainer,” but a story teller, like any other writer. I suppose I can’t be objective about this, due to my soft spot, but I do hope the world isn’t deprived of his talents forever. Because unlike what Emily said, I don’t think anyone can be a good pop-science writer. This is abundantly clear when you try and name 2 or 3 top pop-science writers. There aren’t many partially because it is a difficult thing to accomplish.

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