Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activistby Published 22 May 2018
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In this sharp, funny, and incredibly timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars.
Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say. . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage.
In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet.
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.
"Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist" Reviews
Franchesca Ramsey has been an Internet personality I've enjoyed watching since she joined MTV's Decoded. She's smart, open, and willing to learn just as much as she's willing to guide & teach. This book was basically activism 101, and is absolutely something I would have enjoyed deeper if It had come up a few years ago. As I am further into my activism journey, this felt redundant. That being said, just because it wasn't applicable for me, doesn't mean it's not relevant. I think this is a fine book for folks just starting their journey, but can be passed up by folks a little more well-seasoned in the activism world.
Holy crap this book was good. Franchesca goes into the mistakes she made, times she messed up, and how she grew and learned as an activist. I loved her openness and honesty in this book, and hearing her read it was the best way to read this.
I received an advanced copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway.
I love this book! I agree with previous comments that it's not too heavy on the memoir but it does consist of a lot of honest self reflection about her activism and internet presence. As the internet and its content continues expanding I think these kind of self reflective looks at how we can use the internet more effectively will be important for keeping it an essential element of activism. I also think this book had a lot of good insight for anyone trying to get into activism or maybe dig a little deeper into it. I also found that explanation of language and concepts made it a book accessable to those who aren't as familiar with social justice terminology. And all of the positive content is told through a narrative voice that is humerous and engaging. I basically couldn't put this book down! Definitely a recommended read!
Franchesca is such a smart, honest, and funny voice, and it was so much fun to read through her stories and learnings. In a world where discourse on important issues often lacks nuance, and the people most often claiming to bring nuance/qualifiers to a discussion are doing it in bad faith, it was super refreshing to read Franchesca's really sincere and insightful explanations and experiences. She never lessens the importance of systematic problems but also lets them have some complexity, and that complexity gives her and others genuinely trying to make the world a better place some room to grow and learn in how to best do the work.
Also, she's funny as hell, so please, do yourself a favor and read this book.
Conflict resolution for the social media age: FTW!!! This isn’t usually my type of book, but everyone who owns a social media account should be forced to read this book before using said account. There are lots of great concepts - calling in vs calling out, learning to live your natural self, criticizing without personal attacks, haters vs trolls, and fighting racism - and practical examples of how to use those concepts.
I really hope there’s a young readers version of this book coming, because I feel like it contains really useful concepts for owning a social media account responsibly.