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‘Shame is no weapon against the shameless’

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This makes me giggle:

A bad reputation can set you free. After all, if you’ve already declared yourself to be a pot-smoking, acid-addled slut, your opponents are forced to oppose your ideas on their merits, rather than strategically revealing your hidden depravities. Shame is no weapon against the shameless.

– From an old Nerve essay I am just reading now, “A Ladies Man and Shameless,” by John Perry Barlow. It goes from giggle-inducing to sneakily gorgeous pretty quick, so watch out. It’s ostensibly all about love, sex and fidelity, but the reputation stuff also seems pretty relevant to all this end-of-forgetting hoopla …

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Written by Elizabeth

July 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

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  1. looove it..
    xoxo

    suicide_blond

    July 23, 2010 at 11:56 am

  2. From something I wrote a couple of weeks ago:

    My wife and I met online more than 15 years ago, back when that was an awkward thing to admit to “normal people”; and the conventional wisdom at Casa Comstock has been that having indiscreet information on the internet — off color jokes, sexual pictures, whatever — would become more and more common; and that much as past drug use is now tolerated among our politicians, over time having indiscreet online information would become “no big deal.”

    But I’ve revised my opinion. Yes, for most people it will be “no big deal”, but it will always be a “big deal” for some people, and you never know when you might become one of those people.

    Maybe JPB will never become one of those people, maybe he doesn’t want to be. Sometimes it happens to you even if you don’t want it to.

    Tony Comstock

    July 23, 2010 at 10:54 pm


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