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Author O'Neil, Cathy, author.

Title The shame machine : who profits in the new age of humiliation / Cathy O'Neil, with Stephen Baker.

Publication Info. New York : Crown, [2022]


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Edition First edition.
Description 255 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-241) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Tipping the scales -- Shifting the blame -- The undeserving poor -- "Your vagina is fine" -- Click on conflict -- Humiliation and defiance -- Rejection and denial -- The common good -- Punching up -- Under the knife -- Conclusion.
Summary "A clear-eyed warning about the increasingly destructive influence of America's "shame industrial complex" in the age of social media and hyperpartisan politics -- from the New York Times bestselling author of Weapons of Math Destruction. Shame is a powerful and sometimes useful tool: When we publicly shame corrupt politicians, abusive celebrities, or predatory corporations, we reinforce values of fairness and justice. But as Cathy O'Neil argues in this revelatory book, shaming has taken a new and dangerous turn. It is increasingly being weaponized -- used as a way to shift responsibility for social problems from institutions to individuals. Shaming children for not being able to afford school lunches or adults for not being able to find work lets us off the hook as a society. After all, why pay higher taxes to fund programs for people who are fundamentally unworthy? O'Neil explores the machinery behind all this shame, showing how governments, corporations, and the healthcare system capitalize on it. There are damning stories of rehab clinics, reentry programs, drug and diet companies, and social media platforms -- all of which profit from "punching down" on the vulnerable. Woven throughout The Shame Machine is the story of O'Neil's own struggle with body image and her recent decision to undergo weight-loss surgery, shaking off decades of shame. With clarity and nuance, O'Neil dissects the relationship between shame and power. Whom does the system serve? Is it counter-productive to call out racists, misogynists, and vaccine skeptics? If so, when should someone be "canceled"? How do current incentive structures perpetuate the shaming cycle? And, most important, how can we all fight back?"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Shame -- Social aspects -- United States.
Blame -- Social aspects -- United States.
Social problems -- United States.
Blame -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00834117
Shame -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01115190
Social problems. (OCoLC)fst01122778
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination^PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology^PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy.
Added Author Baker, Stephen, 1955 November 15- author.
Other Form: Online version: O'Neil, Cathy. Shame machine First edition. New York : Crown, [2022] 9781984825469 (DLC) 2021052961
ISBN 9781984825452 (hardcover)
1984825453 (hardcover)
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