So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

by

Jon Ronson

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Brad Blanton Character Analysis

Brad Blanton is the leader of a shame-eradication workshop whose ethos centers around Radical Honesty, the practice of minimizing shame and secrecy by being completely transparent in all of one’s interactions with others. Jon Ronson visited Blanton’s workshop as part of his research for the book, and while Ronson didn’t feel he benefited personally from the idea of Radical Honesty, he was amazed by the concept’s power to improve the lives of other participants.

Brad Blanton Quotes in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed quotes below are all either spoken by Brad Blanton or refer to Brad Blanton. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Riverhead Books edition of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed published in 2016.
Chapter 8 Quotes

Almost none of the murderous fantasies were dreamed up in response to actual danger—stalker ex-boyfriends, etc. They were all about the horror of humiliation. Brad Blanton was right. Shame internalized can lead to agony. It can lead to Jonah Lehrer. Whereas shame let out can lead to freedom, or at least to a funny story, which is a sort of freedom too.

Related Characters: Jon Ronson (speaker), Brad Blanton, Jonah Lehrer
Page Number: 170
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Brad Blanton Character Timeline in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

The timeline below shows where the character Brad Blanton appears in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8: The Shame-Eradication Workshop
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...a conference room at a Chicago Marriott. In the middle of the circle sat Brad Blanton, the leader of a shame-eradication workshop. He invited the members of the group, one by... (full context)
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Cycles of Shame, Trauma, and Violence Theme Icon
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...dreams to rape women, and another woman admitted to a toxic relationship with her partner. Blanton put people, one by one, in the Hot Seat—an empty chair—and interrogated them about what... (full context)
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But the next day, when Blanton asked Ronson to get in the Hot Seat, Ronson suddenly declared that he didn’t feel... (full context)