The Cunard line ship Lusitania had successfully and swiftly completed 201 crossings of the Atlantic Ocean by April 1915. It was huge and sleek, with four funnels rather than three, making it the fastest trans-Atlantic liner then in existence. The first class areas of the ship were beautifully fitted, the food delicious, and every comfort supplied; including crew members to take charge of the many children aboard. The second and third class passengers were also well treated, as Cunard’s manual demanded. Despite the fact that Germany had just declared the seas around B
I love Jon Ronson’s writing, and his newest offering is no exception. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed has a slightly different angle than his other titles. Ronson generally writes about strange things that fascinate him: something a bit off the beaten path or out of the ordinary. Public shaming, Ronson essentially observes, is becoming the beaten path; rather than being fascinated by its prevalence, he’s terrified.