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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 ENB

July 23, 2010 at 10:44 am