Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.
This year's selection is So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. So You’ve Been Publically Shamed is Ronson’s most recent book; it begins with the author’s surprising discovery that a Twitter account had been started under his name without his knowledge or approval, and, that the account was continually active. From there the book goes on to explore a number of questions arising from the public dimensions of social media, and, especially, how it reflects other forms of social control.
Critics have praised the book: Publisher’s Weekly calls it “clever and thought-provoking” and notes, “this book has the potential to open an important dialogue about faux moral posturing online and its potentially disastrous consequences.” The Huffington Post remarks that Ronson has an, “introspective and often funny lens” and that the book, “is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others poor decisions," while Vulture magazine remarks that “with an introspective and often funny lens, [Ronson] tracks down those whose blunders have exploded in the public eye…So You've Been Publicly Shamed is an insightful, well-researched, and important text about how we react to others” on social media.
Multiple copies of the book are available from the library in print and ebook format. Additional resources about the author and the book are available from the Library Guide to the Common Reading Book, and from the Common Reading Program website.
Public Events with Jon Ronson
2016 Black and Gold Convocation, Monday, August 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM, Holmes Convocation Center
Public Reading, Q&A, and Book Signing, Monday, August 15, 2006 at 7:00 PM, Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union
Public Reading and Book Signing, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00 AM, Watauga County Public Library, Boone