We still can’t believe that Jon Ronson is coming to Fairfield! In just two days, on Tuesday, March 8, the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, The Psychopath Test, Them and more will be at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University.
We do hope you can join us at 7 PM. There are still some places left in the audience, and we guarantee that you will not want to miss this outstanding speaker.
Now, a note from Kristina, Children’s Librarian and One Book One Town committee member:
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed echoes in my mind as I follow the presidential race in the form of one name: Donald Trump. He seemingly cannot be shamed. His popularity inexplicably grows as he leads the Republican Primary Race with little resistance. Why?
The internet has been trying to shame him for his constant gaffes—sexist, racist, xenophobic, inappropriate and misinformed gaffes that appear in the news on a daily basis. But this privileged, middle-aged white billionaire appears to be impervious to any criticism. As I have been watching his campaign unfold, and cringing from his lack of empathy towards any demographic beyond his own, I keep thinking back to Jon Ronson’s examination of who can be shamed and for what. Trump’s offensive comments get retweeted and shared via Twitter and other Social Media outlets, and outrage huge portions of the population, yet this collective outrage is not enough to shame him into behaving in a socially appropriate way. How does he rise unabashedly from the onslaught?
It would initially appear that Trump’s status as a rich white male would prevent his shaming, but as Mary and Donna pointed out, Cecil the Lion’s killer was by no means immune to our collective outrage—and he was also a rich white male. Ronson attempts to explore this in his book—though he does not leave us with any answers, merely raises more questions as to how some people can come out of scandals unscathed and some collapse under the negative onslaught of comments and backlash.
Perhaps he is cowed by the outrage but still remains unabashed? Perhaps it is personality traits that allow for the contrasts between shame and popularity? What would it take to shame this man? As he said before the Iowan Caucus in January, he believes that he “could stand in the Middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and not lose any supporters.” I am curious. What could actually shame him?
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