The Appalachian State Common Reading Committee is pleased to announce the Common reading selection for the 2016-17 academic year. The book is So You've Been Publicly Shamed, by Jon Ronson.

Born in Wales in 1967, Ronson is a journalist and the author of a number of highly acclaimed and best-selling books, including The Men Who Stare at Goats and The Psychopath Test.

So You've Been Publicly 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 the book "is both entertaining and fair -- a balance we could use a lot more of, online and off."

2016 Common Reading ProgramOver the next few months, Appalachian faculty and members of the Common Reading Committee will be assembling teaching aids and supplemental materials for Welcome Week book-discussion leaders and First Year Seminar instructors.

If you are university faculty or staff, and you would like to lead a book-discussion during Welcome Weekend on Saturday, August 13, 2016, please contact the Common Reading Program Director, Dr. Martha McCaughey, at mccaugheym@appstate.eduno later than May 1, 2016. Convocation will be held on Monday, August 15, and it will feature a talk by Ron Jonson.

If you would like additional information about the book or its author, or, if you have other questions please contact:

Dr. Martha McCaughey
Director, Appalachian Common Reading Program
Professor of Sociology and Faculty Coordinator for the First Year Experience
250 Anne Belk Hall, ASU
Boone, NC  28608
Phone: 828-262-2028

So You've Been Publicly Shamed, bu Jon Ronson


Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students that will help develop a sense of community with their new environment and introduce them to a part of the academic life they are beginning at Appalachian. This program is an exciting facet in Appalachian's orientation of new students to life on our campus.