In the new book, one scholar is reportedly chosen to follow in the footsteps of a predominant, strong, sometimes useful sense of shame. Is there money we can make on our trouble? And if so, who does it? Author Katie O’Neill examines all the ways we witness today and feel ashamed: the tricks of the diet and the weight loss industry, advertising that tells us we need to hide wrinkles.

What’s more, public disgrace that occurs on social media, where one tweet or post can make you humiliated by millions of people and end your career in an instant. O’Neill explores the loneliness and spread of this gnawing, shameful experience, especially in the digital age. She will join us to discuss The Shame Machine: Who Makes a Profit in a New Era of Humiliation.

Today’s guest

Katie O’Neill is the author of the bestseller “Weapons of Mathematical Destruction”, which won the Euler Book Prize and entered the long list of the National Book Prize. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard and worked in finance, technology and science. She launched Lede program for Data Journalism at Columbia University and recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic audit company. O’Neill is a regular contributor Bloomberg’s opinion.

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The Guardian “Great technologies use shame to profit from our interactions” “Shame is a social thing that arises in the context of feeling that you are unworthy and you will be unpleasant to your community.”

Salon How shame has become a cultural currency “… shame is also gaining a currency dimension, especially in the online world, where social media giants who care about profits are quietly pushing us towards obsessive shame of strangers to such an extent that it increases the time spent on their sites and thus in a way, their profits ”.

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