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Outraged : Why Everyone is Shouting and No One is Talking - Ashley Dotty Charles


Why Everyone is Shouting and No One is Talking

By: Ashley Dotty Charles

Paperback | 21 July 2020

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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.

About the Author

Ashley 'Dotty' Charles is a broadcaster and writer from South London. After joining the BBC in 2014 she became the first solo female to host the BBC Radio 1Xtra Breakfast Show in 2016, where she has since interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Will Smith. She has presented TV programmes including BBC One's music show, 'Sounds Like Friday Night', and BBC Three's 'Story of Grime' documentary series. She is also the host of the official Netflix podcast series 'What to Watch on Netflix'. She lives with her wife and son in London.
Industry Reviews
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

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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