Outraged: Why Everyone is Shouting and No One is Talking (Paperback)Ashley 'Dotty' Charles (author)
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Exploring the insatiable taste for outrage in today’s world, BBC presenter and DJ Ashley ‘Dotty’ Charles calls for a return to civility in this brilliant, punchy book.
Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month for July 2021
A candid exploration of the state of outrage in our culture, and how we can channel it back into the fights that matter, from presenter and DJ Ashley 'Dotty' Charles.
Ours is a society where many exploit the outrage of others in order to gain power - and we all too quickly take the bait. But by shouting about everything, we are in fact creating a world where outrage is without consequence. There is still much to be outraged by in our final frontier, but in order to enact change and become more effective online, we must learn to channel our responses. This is the essential guide to living through the age of outrage.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 152 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A great read . . . Charles is very funny, but the irreverent and chatty tone leads you to important ponderings . . . Outraged is a study of flash activism and why it doesn't last, and its message is rendered all the more relevant for it being published in the midst of a flash of activism that simply must' - The Times
'A swipe at the empty rhetoric of activism that only exists with a hashtag online' - Observer
'As Charles puts it, plenty of people are playing the "sport of outrage" but who is keeping score? . . . Makes many worthwhile points . . . If her plea for people to turn down the heat, except when it matters most, is heeded, then Charles will have given valuable service in helping to improve public discourse' - Evening Standard
'A radio host explores how reflexive outrage weakens the social discourse and, counterintuitively, makes it harder to effect real change regarding the issues that outrage us in the first place' - New York Times Book Review
'DJ and presenter Charles tackles cancel culture head on with this vigorous polemic' - i, Summer Reads
'A timely new release, Outraged reminds us how to keep some perspective in a social and political landscape where many cause offence without thought to the consequences' - Radio Times
'A refreshing rallying call for the return of real activism and a guide to living through the age of outrage. Sharply funny too' - Psychologies
'Cackled my way through this . . . A bold and hilarious exploration of how we use our energy online, and whether we're wasting our rage on the wrong things when we could use it collectively to make actual change. It definitely made me re-evaluate my online priorities' - Megan Jayne Crabbe, Stylist
'Books about wokeness are typically written by a very specific type of conservative figure. Dotty rips up the rulebook in order to write a thought-provoking but never provocative book about the Outrage Era: how did we get here? Where have we gone wrong? And how can we find our way back? Deep dives into clicktivism, tribalism and 'the Choir Effect' of public shame jostle alongside interviews with controversial figures like Rachel Dolezal and arch provocateur Katie Hopkins, in order to create a witty, thoughtful and ever-so-thoughtful guide to getting our outrage back on track' - Pandora Sykes
'Outraged is a timely reminder to keep perspective. To question who we actually help when we rush to yell online. Dotty writes with humour and measure, always keen to explore rather than condemn. Everyone with a social media account should read this book' - Bella Mackie
'This superb polemic is a penetrating exploration of the sorry state of outrage in our culture. Through interviews with Rachel Dolezal, Katie Hopkins and others, Charles shows that by so quickly leaping on the outrage bandwagon, we are actually debasing the quality of our civil discourse . . . I underlined something on almost every page' - Bookseller
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“Read it, absorb it, implement it, talk about it.”
You know how, every so often, you read a book and want to force everyone you come into contact with to read it? Outraged is one of those books. I would’ve read it in one day had I not fallen asleep at the 80% mark... More
“A Timely Read”
We've all been there, reading something on social media which is causing outrage. It could be something that a celebrity has said or done, it may be something important but often it's so trivial that at one... More
Occasionally a book will come along that you dedicate your life to sharing. This is that book for me. I won’t stop talking about OUTRAGED until everyone I know has read it!
Charles has a very clever knack for humour... More
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