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So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A Book

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2015-03-31
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN : 0698172523
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Now a New York Times bestseller and from the author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' 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. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it. From the Hardcover edition.

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A Book

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Picador
  • Release : 2015-03-01
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1743536755
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most under-appreciated forces: shame. "superb and terrifying" The Guardian 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' 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. PRAISE FOR SO YOU'VE BEEN PUBLICLY SHAMED "Immensely readable" The Independent "A work of original, inspired journalism" Financial Times "A magnificent book, subtly argued, often painfully funny and yet deeply serious ... I'm not sure I can recommend it highly enough" Daily Mail "The book slowly turns out to be something bigger than it seems: a survival guide to living with shame both public and private, an inevitable consequence of being human" Saturday Paper

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
A Book

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2015-12-31
  • Pages : 277
  • ISBN : 1509829458
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From Jon Ronson, the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Psychopath Test, this is a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. 'It's about the terror, isn't it?' 'The terror of what?' I said. 'The terror of being found out.' 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. Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws – and the very scary part we all play in it.

The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test
A Journey Through the Madness Industry

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2011-05-12
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 9781101515167
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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In this madcap journey, a bestselling journalist investigates psychopaths and the industry of doctors, scientists, and everyone else who studies them. The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues. And so Ronson, armed with his new psychopath-spotting abilities, enters the corridors of power. He spends time with a death-squad leader institutionalized for mortgage fraud in Coxsackie, New York; a legendary CEO whose psychopathy has been speculated about in the press; and a patient in an asylum for the criminally insane who insists he's sane and certainly not a psychopath. Ronson not only solves the mystery of the hoax but also discovers, disturbingly, that sometimes the personalities at the helm of the madness industry are, with their drives and obsessions, as mad in their own way as those they study. And that relatively ordinary people are, more and more, defined by their maddest edges.

Them: Adventures with Extremists

Them: Adventures with Extremists
Secret Rulers of the World

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2014-12-15
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1447275470
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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With an introduction by Russell Brand. What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? My worryingly paradoxical thought process could be summarized thus: Thank God I don't believe in the secret rulers of the world. Imagine what the secret rulers of the world might do to me if I did. What if a tiny, shadow elite rule the world from a secret room? In Them Jon Ronson sets out to find this room, with the help of the extremists – Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen – that believe in it. Along the way, he is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and witnesses international CEOs and politicians participate in a bizarre pagan ritual in the forests of northern California. A Sunday Times bestseller and the book that launched Jon Ronson's inimitable career, Them is an eye-opening, outrageously funny exploration of extremism, which makes both author and reader think twice about the looking-glass world of 'us' and 'them' . . .

Is Shame Necessary?

Is Shame Necessary?
New Uses for an Old Tool

by Jennifer Jacquet

  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release : 2016-01-12
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN : 0307950131
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A trenchant case for the use of public shaming as a nonviolent form of resistance, Is Shame Necessary? explores how one of society's oldest tools can be used to promote large-scale political change and social reform. Examining how we can retrofit the art of shaming for the age of social media, Jennifer Jacquet shows that we can challenge corporations and even governments to change policies and behaviors that are detrimental to the environment. Urgent and illuminating, Is Shame Necessary? offers an entirely new understanding of how shame, when applied in the right way and at the right time, has the capacity to keep us from failing our planet and, ultimately, from failing ourselves.

Them

Them
Adventures with Extremists

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2011-06-28
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1439126739
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A wide variety of extremist groups -- Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis -- share the oddly similar belief that a tiny shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, journalist Jon Ronson has joined the extremists to track down the fabled secret room. As a journalist and a Jew, Ronson was often considered one of "Them" but he had no idea if their meetings actually took place. Was he just not invited? Them takes us across three continents and into the secret room. Along the way he meets Omar Bakri Mohammed, considered one of the most dangerous men in Great Britain, PR-savvy Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard Thom Robb, and the survivors of Ruby Ridge. He is chased by men in dark glasses and unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp. In the forests of northern California he even witnesses CEOs and leading politicians -- like Dick Cheney and George Bush -- undertake a bizarre owl ritual. Ronson's investigations, by turns creepy and comical, reveal some alarming things about the looking-glass world of "us" and "them." Them is a deep and fascinating look at the lives and minds of extremists. Are the extremists onto something? Or is Jon Ronson becoming one of them?

Frank

Frank
The True Story That Inspired the Movie

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2014-01-16
  • Pages : 32
  • ISBN : 0698155572
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the bestselling author of The Psychopath Test comes a characteristically humorous story of a musician on the margins. In Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie, Jon Ronson reflects on his days playing keyboard for the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band. Frank Sidebottom, best known for performing with a big fake head with a cartoon face painted on it, was a cult favorite in the United Kingdom and is the subject of the new movie Frank, co-written by Ronson and starring Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Domhnall Gleeson.

Lost at Sea

Lost at Sea
The Jon Ronson Mysteries

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2015-12-31
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN : 1447265513
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Frequently hilarious, sometimes disturbing, always entertaining, these fascinating stories of the chaos that lies on the fringe of our daily lives will have you wondering just what we're capable of. This updated edition of Lost at Sea includes the complete text of Frank: The True Story that Inspired the Movie. Jon Ronson has been on patrol with America's real-life superheroes and to a UFO convention in the Nevada desert with Robbie Williams. He's met a man who tried to split the atom in his kitchen and asked a conscious robot if she's got a soul. Fascinated by madness, strange behaviour and the human mind, Jon has spent his life exploring mysterious events and meeting extraordinary people. Collected from various sources (including the Guardian and GQ) Lost at Sea features the very best of his adventures. Portions of this book have appeared previously, in slightly different form, in Out of the Ordinary, What I Do, the Guardian and GQ.

The Photographer of the Lost

The Photographer of the Lost
A breathtaking and unforgettable WWI novel

by Caroline Scott

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2019-10-31
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1471183122
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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**A BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB PICK** For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and 1917 comes a moving story about how hope and love will prevail against all odds. ‘This excellent debut is a melancholic reminder of the rippling after-effects of war’ The Times 'A touching novel of love and loss' Sunday Times 1921 In the aftermath of war, everyone is searching for answers. Edie’s husband Francis never came home and was declared ‘missing, believed killed’. But when she receives a mysterious photograph of him in the post, hope flares and she begins to search. Harry photographs gravesites on the Western Front, hired by grieving families. Plagued by memories of his last conversation with Francis, he has never stopped searching for his brother. After years apart, their search brings them together. As they uncover the truth they are haunted by the past and their own complex feelings – towards Francis, and towards each other. Are some questions better left unanswered? Perfect for fans of Maggie O'Farrell and Helen Dunmore, The Photographer of the Lost is a beautiful novel, inspired by real events in the wake of the First World War, about love and loss, grief and guilt, and the fleeting, fragile moments of life. Praise for The Photographer of the Lost: 'A beautifully written must-read' heat 'A gripping, devastating novel about the lost and the ones they left behind' Sarra Manning, RED ‘Terrific first novel’ Daily Mail ‘Scott has done an amazing job of drawing on real stories to craft a powerful novel’ Good Housekeeping ‘A deeply poignant and immersive novel… told in beautiful, elevated prose. I was completely caught up in these characters’ stories’ Rachel Hore 'What a wonderful debut novel… I couldn’t stop reading' Lorna Cook ‘A sublimely rendered portrait of the search for answers amidst the chaos and devastation left behind in the aftermath of World War 1' Fiona Valpy ‘A poignant hymn to those who gave up their lives for their country and to those who were left behind’ Fanny Blake 'I was utterly captivated by this novel' Isabelle Broom ‘Beautiful, unflinching: The Photographer of the Lost is going to be on an awful lot of Best Books of the Year lists, mine included… unforgettable’ Iona Grey 'Momentous, revelatory and astonishing historical fiction!' Historical Novel Society

Future Crimes

Future Crimes
How Our Radical Dependence on Technology Threatens Us All

by Marc Goodman

  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release : 2015-02-24
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 0385682573
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From one of the world's leading authorities on global security, Future Crimes takes readers deep into the digital underground to illuminate the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against you—and how this makes everyone more vulnerable than you ever thought possible. Technological advances have benefited our world in immeasurable ways—but there is an ominous flip side. Criminals are often the earliest, and most innovative, adopters of technology, and modern times have lead to modern crimes. Today's criminals are stealing identities, draining online bank accounts and wiping out computer servers. It's disturbingly easy to activate baby monitors to spy on families, pacemakers can be hacked to deliver a lethal jolt of electricity, and thieves are analyzing your social media in order to determine the best time for a home invasion. Meanwhile, 3D printers produce AK-47s, terrorists can download the recipe for the Ebola virus, and drug cartels are building drones. This is just the beginning of the tsunami of technological threats coming our way. In Future Crimes, Marc Goodman rips opens his database of hundreds of real cases to give us front-row access to these impending perils. Reading like a sci-fi thriller, but based in startling fact, Future Crimes raises tough questions about the expanding role of technology in our lives. Future Crimes is a call to action for better security measures worldwide, but most importantly, it will empower readers to protect themselves against looming technological threats—before it's too late.

Birdie

Birdie
A Novel

by Tracey Lindberg

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2015-05-26
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 1443442097
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Monkey Beach meets Green Grass, Running Water meets The Beachcombers in this wise and funny novel by a debut Cree author Birdie is a darkly comic and moving first novel about the universal experience of recovering from wounds of the past, informed by the lore and knowledge of Cree traditions. Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the leftover teenaged desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers, because he is, as she says, a working, healthy Indian man. Bernice heads for Molly’s Reach to find answers but they are not the ones she expected. With the arrival in Gibsons of her Auntie Val and her cousin Skinny Freda, Bernice finds the strength to face the past and draw the lessons from her dreams that she was never fully taught in life. Part road trip, dream quest and travelogue, the novel touches on the universality of women's experience, regardless of culture or race.

The Great Pretender

The Great Pretender
The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

  • Publisher : Grand Central Publishing
  • Release : 2019-11-05
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN : 1538715260
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"One of America's most courageous young journalists" and the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Brain on Fire investigates the shocking mystery behind the dramatic experiment that revolutionized modern medicine (NPR). Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?

Out of the Ordinary

Out of the Ordinary
True Tales of Everyday Craziness

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Release : 2011-02-23
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN : 0330524038
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Out of the Ordinary is Jon Ronson at his inimitable best: hilarious, thought-provoking and with an unerring eye for human frailty – not least his own. Jon Ronson’s subjects have included people who believe that goats can be killed by the power of a really hard stare, and people who believe that the world is ruled by twelve-foot lizard-men. In Out of the Ordinary, a collection of his journalism from the Guardian, he turns his attention to irrational beliefs much closer to home, investigating the ways in which we sometimes manage to convince ourselves that all manner of lunacy makes perfect sense – mainstream, domestic, ordinary insanity. Whether he finds himself promising his son that he will be at his side for ever, dressed in a Santa costume, or trying to understand why hundreds of apparently normal people would suddenly start speaking in tongues in a Scout hut in Kidderminster, he demonstrates repeatedly how we all succumb to deeply irrational beliefs that grow to inform our everyday existence.

Extreme Metaphors

Extreme Metaphors
A Book

by J. G. Ballard

  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Release : 2012-09-27
  • Pages : 528
  • ISBN : 0007467230
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A startling and at times unsettlingly prescient collection of J.G. Ballard’s greatest interviews.

The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones

The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones
And the Less Amazing Adventures of Some Other Real-Life Superheroes (An eSpecial from Riverhead Books)

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2011-11-22
  • Pages : 68
  • ISBN : 1101568313
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bestselling author Jon Ronson walks the mean streets of America where he finds real life, modern day superheroes. Fighting crime, saving old ladies, and chasing away drug dealers – all while wearing a mask and a cape. Phoenix Jones patrols Seattle, masked, muscles rippling, while corner boys scatter and teenage runaways are helped, whether they want it or not. He might still see his pediatrician when superhero-ing gets a little too intense, but he’ll be back out there with his ass-kicking comrades as soon as he’s bandaged up. These do-gooding citizens talk the talk, and walk the walk of mythical superheroes – the only thing they're missing is actual supernatural powers. The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones is an inside, intimate look at the world of amateur superheroes and a front row seat to their adventures.

The Men Who Stare at Goats

The Men Who Stare at Goats
A Book

by Jon Ronson

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2011-06-28
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 9781451665970
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bizarre military history: In 1979, a crack commando unit was established by the most gifted minds within the U.S. Army. Defying all known laws of physics and accepted military practice, they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls, and—perhaps most chillingly—kill goats just by staring at them. They were the First Earth Battalion, entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries. And they really weren’t joking. What’s more, they’re back—and they’re fighting the War on Terror. An uproarious exploration of American military paranoia: With investigations ranging from the mysterious “Goat Lab,” to Uri Geller’s covert psychic work with the CIA, to the increasingly bizarre role played by a succession of U.S. presidents, this might just be the funniest, most unsettling book you will ever read—if only because it is all true and is still happening today.

Magic and Loss

Magic and Loss
The Internet as Art

by Virginia Heffernan

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2017-06-27
  • Pages : 272
  • ISBN : 1501132679
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Virginia Heffernan “melds the personal with the increasingly universal in a highly informative analysis of what the Internet is—and can be. A thoroughly engrossing examination of the Internet’s past, present, and future” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) from one of the best living writers of English prose. This book makes a bold claim: The Internet is among mankind’s great masterpieces—a massive work of art. As an idea, it rivals monotheism. But its cultural potential and its societal impact often elude us. In this deep and thoughtful book, Virginia Heffernan reveals the logic and aesthetics behind the Internet, just as Susan Sontag did for photography and Marshall McLuhan did for television. Life online, in the highly visual, social, portable, and global incarnation rewards certain virtues. The new medium favors speed, accuracy, wit, prolificacy, and versatility, and its form and functions are changing how we perceive, experience, and understand the world. In “sumptuous writing, saturated with observations that are simultaneously personal, cultural, and strikingly original” (The New Republic), Heffernan presents “a revealing look at how the Internet continues to reshape our lives emotionally, visually, and culturally” (The Smithsonian Magazine). “Magic and Loss is an illuminating guide to the Internet...it is impossible to come away from this book without sharing some of Heffernan’s awe for this brave new world” (The Wall Street Journal).

Bastard

Bastard
A Book

by Max de Radiguès

  • Publisher : Fantagraphics Books
  • Release : 2018-10-03
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN : 1683961307
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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After taking part in a historic heist - 52 simultaneous robberies at the same time - May and Eugene are now on the run not only from the law and double-crossed former accomplices, but also their violent past. This is no ordinary criminal duo whoever, instead May and Eugene are a young mother and her preteen son. Thus begins the intense yet touching, Bastard, tracing a deadly escape crisscrossing the United States, in a high-boiled page-turner blending brutality with moments of maternal love, and with an adolescent anti-hero that you're sure not to forget.

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say

If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say
A Novel

by Leila Sales

  • Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
  • Release : 2018-05-01
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 0374381003
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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First and foremost a novel about public shaming in the internet age, If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say by Leila Sales is also an exploration of the power of words, the cumulative destructiveness of microaggressions, and the pressing need for empathy. Before we go any further, I want you to understand this: I am not a good person. We all want to be seen. We all want to be heard. But what happens when we’re seen and heard saying or doing the wrong things? When Winter Halperin—former spelling bee champion, aspiring writer, and daughter of a parenting expert—gets caught saying the wrong thing online, her life explodes. All across the world, people know what she’s done, and none of them will forgive her. With her friends gone, her future plans cut short, and her identity in shambles, Winter is just trying to pick up the pieces without hurting anyone else. She knows she messed up, but does that mean it’s okay for people to send her hate mail and death threats? Did she deserve to lose all that she’s lost? And is “I’m sorry” ever good enough? Decide for yourself.