75 in 2015: June, Part I

shamedSo You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson (2015)

This one has been on my to-read list since the moment I head about it and – I’m happy to report – did not disappoint. I was a little bored by Ronson’s book on psychopaths, but not this one. Oh, so good. I couldn’t put it down. Read it!

From Amazon.com: “For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us – people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they’re being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job. A great renaissance of public shaming is sweeping our land. Justice has been democratized. The silent majority are getting a voice. But what are we doing with our voice? We are mercilessly finding people’s faults. We are defining the boundaries of normality by ruining the lives of those outside it. We are using shame as a form of social control.”

liarEverything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar by Kelly Oxford (2013)

Nothing special, but funny.

From Amazon.com: “From her beginnings as a wunderkind producer of pirated stage productions for six-year-olds, through her spirited adventures watching self-gratifying monkeys, throwing up on Chinese-food delivery men, and stalking Leonardo DiCaprio, here are the goofy highs and horrifying lows of life as Kelly Oxford.”

Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections by Kate Theimer (editor) (2014)

I’m an archivist and read this one as part of my self-selected continuing education. Great case studies. I found something interesting, worthwhile, and applicable to my current job in nearly every chapter.

outreachFrom Amazon.com:Outreach: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections explores how archives of different sizes and types are reaching out to new potential users and increasing awareness of programs and collections. The book features twelve case studies that demonstrate ideas that can be transferred into many other settings. Some of the practices described in the case studies rely primarily on technology and the Web to interact with the public, while others are centered on face-to-face activities. All twelve case studies look at outreach as identifying the organization’s intended audience, building new ways of reaching them, and helping the organization achieve its mission. Each also reflects a philosophy of experimentation that is perhaps the most critical ingredient for any organization interested in developing its own “innovative” practices.”

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