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When did shame become a value This question kept nagging me since it was raised in class It was not phrased exactly this way the reasoning went more along the lines of if people are no longer ashamed of what they do then theyll do anything that they want If they do that it will be the end of society According to that logic therefore we need shame We value it Without shame we would not have a productive society I felt my disdainful reaction at the time had the possibility of being inappropriate After I discussed it with some of my friends I got more reinforcement of that possibility but the more I thought about it the stronger I felt about the converse What good did shame do outside of the theoretical value of deterrence Was it good to impart shame to an entire new generation of people as a deterrent or protective measure I propose that with software such as the cyber nanny we are sidestepping the wishful thinking that many of our parents engaged in during our formative years when they simply chose not to expose us to certain types of activities by picking our friends and our physical location Instead our parents are taking the step of preempting information from reaching childrens eyeballs and minds and instead of being discriminate as an active parent that is spending time with that child the parents are buying into a belief that someone else has decided morality for them This decided morality has far reaching effects This develops another basis for shame but this one is further reaching than a family or household This is when the software doesnt work When it cant work because of the complexity of the medium The only alternative it seems is to stop the information at the source How do you stop the producers There are a few ways Legislation is an avenue but one
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