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- Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (May 22, 2018)
- Publication Date: May 22, 2018
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0763L5WKK
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The author offers her story as an illustration of why, in today's overheated social and political environment, it is more important than ever to pay close attention to how we communicate with each other...Ramsey's narrative is a snappy mix of the funny, sad, and horrifying incidents that have shaped her life...An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication.-- "Kirkus Reviews" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Franchesca Ramsey is a social justice advocate, comedian, actress, writer, video blogger, sought-after speaker, and the host of the award-winning web series Decodedon MTV. With videos topping twelve million views, she has been featured on NPR, Anderson Cooper, CNN, MTV, the BBC, and in the New York Times. A former writer and correspondent for The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, she now has a major late-night television show in development with Comedy Central.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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While I haven't experienced sudden YouTube celebrity status, it was interesting and easy to imagine her experience, suddenly having an audience of people looking to her to say something and not always getting it right and then facing various types of online shitstorms. Many of us have dealt with a much smaller version of that if we've been willing to have real and not easy conversations about racism and other issues.
It was so refreshing to hear her very honest and real experiences and kind of nod along at descriptions of interactions on social media and also hear solid advice of how to engage (or not engage at that time and place, maybe take it private - something I've found helpful to do but rarely see talked about as much, so it was nice to see). There's even a handy flowchart of when to unfriend someone who has said something racist or otherwise not cool - it's not always so cut and dry (relationship, situation, various factors). I appreciated the amount of realistic nuance the author included on topics like this along with the reminder to keep the focus on the issues being discussed and not to devolve into less helpful name-calling, attacking appearance, etc.
This was such an enjoyable read because the author has such a great sense of humor and willingness to share her own missteps and explain concepts in such a detailed and accessible way.
If you are involved at all in social justice conversations in real life or online or just want to know some good places to start learning more (especially the concepts explained in the back), this book is an excellent resource.
Between her encounters with viral stardom and some surprisingly cringe-worthy confrontations with problematic celebrities, there are lots of great suggestions about addressing social issues within your family and friend groups, a breakdown of the dark origins of innocent words and a handy glossary that add up to a memoir that doubles as a social justice on the web 101 course. If you're familiar with these topics already, there might not be a lot more you'll end up learning, but when combined with one woman's adventures in learning and embracing activism herself, I could take away things I could work on myself.
(And follow @chescaleigh online! Her Instagram is killer.)
This book is a guide on how to navigate our (in many ways) new lives online. Franchesca writes about her own experiences online, unexpectedly stumbling into activism after one of her YouTube videos goes viral, and gives advice on how to handle conversations around social justice and where to pick your battles.
The essays in this book manage to be simultaneously both laugh-out-loud funny and super insightful — not an easy thing to balance. Franchesca writes about heavy topics (racism, sexism, call-out culture) in a way that’s funny and accessible, but never sacrifices the quality of the knowledge she shares.
I also appreciated how she wrote about mistakes she’s made in the past — we’ve all been there. It’s only through admitting our mistakes that we can learn from them and grow. Our learning is an ongoing process — we can’t move past our blind spots until we see them — and it’s nice to see that Franchesca views her own learning in that way too.
For anyone who spends a good amount of time online (which let’s face it, we all do), this book is a must read.
This book is so wonderfully introspective and I don't think most people in the public eye are as analytical as she is. As someone who has followed her, I hadn't quite realized that she made these transitions but reflecting back, I realize that they have been distinct stages in her public image.
I love all the teaching moments in the book too, especially about calling in vs calling out. I definitely do the latter and will be practicing doing more of the former. It's stuff like this that is why I read books. It's completely changed my perspective on the goal of public discussion on race or LGBT issues.
If you like the dissection of social justice issues and how to effect change, I highly recommend this book.