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....
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Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist Reviews
I enjoyed reading about Franchesa’s unexpected rise to YouTube “stardom” and the steps (and equipment) needed to make that happen. The transitions were perfect and the stories were ridiculous, in a good way though. The only issue I had was her approach on some issues. She made it clear that there is a distinction between call-out culture and call-in and how it is necessary to do both when need be. Some of her interactions with her friends proved otherwise though; sometimes it seems like she was ...more
I’ve enjoyed this author since following her on the Nightly Show as the Twitter interpreter (something I’ve consciously chosen to avoid)and later on her Facebook postings of her Decoded shorts for MTV. She is honest and forthcoming about her own experiences navigating various social media platforms and of life in general.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book through a Goodreads giveaway*
I've been a fan of Franchesca Ramsey for a while and have followed her success and evolution from YouTuber to panelist on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore and host of MTV's Decoded.. Ramsey's book recounts this journey for those who may be unfamiliar with her work and provides important context surrounding it for those who are.
Ramsey's book reads like an extended version of one of her videos in the sense that it pro ...more
**I received an advanced review copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways.**
3.5 stars. This was a quick, easy read. This wasn't so much a memoir as it was a how-to primer on social media and activism. Ms. Ramsey's writing style is conversational, accessible and funny which made this book enjoyable to read. Anyone who is familiar with social media or activism, in general, may not find a lot of new information here but should still be able to enjoy this book.
Maybe a 4.5 but I believe strongly in rounding up. And the .5 off could be the headache I have. So maybe not her fault.
If you are at all interested in activism on any front you should read this book. BUT I also low key think that anyone with an online presence should be required to read this book. And by online presence I think that expands from having a Facebook page to internet famous.
This book is part memoir of internet notoriety and part a map to online activism, calling out, and how to be ...more
I devoured this book. The only reason I had to put it down was because it was 3 am and I seriously needed to go to sleep (with only three chapters left!!)
*you don’t understand how hard that was for me*
You also don’t understand how hard it was for me to wait for this book to be released. As soon as she announced she was working on a book I was PUMPED! Then when the release date was announced I felt like time was going by so slowly 😫 it was hard to wait, but it was worth it.
Ramsey is funny af. I ...more
I loved it
This book exceeded my expectations (which were already high as a kite). So proud of Chesca's journey and can't wait to see what she does next. Quick and easy read, extremely funny. The do's and dont's of activism broken down in only a way Chesca's could!
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 fi ...more