On The Death Of Modesty

30 Nov

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

Never before have these words rang truer than they do today. We distill our personalities and thoughts into edible 140 character bites. Our relationships are mapped out and put on display for the world to see. With these instantaneous forms of expression the filter between one’s brain and public declaration has grown razor-thin. In a society that based itself upon modesty and the projection decency such a development has radically changed the rules of relationships between people in ways that I believe isn’t yet  fully comprehended by society.

The source of this cultural shift isn’t technologies fault. People have always been dependent upon the attention of their peers, only now is that urge instantaneously sated around the clock. With such a revolution upon us it seems that the new rules of societal mores, in my humble opinion, are as follows.

1. Conviction, whatever you say insure that you can stand behind it if gets thrown into your face later.

2. Clarity, make sure that your point is clear.

3. Honesty, With every record easily accessible there isn’t any point in hiding anything.

What makes this development truly remarkable is that the highest form of currency in our modern society is attention. In the time before capitalism honor was the measuring stick of a man. After the Industrial Revolution and the dominance of capitalism the  ability to accumulate possessions was the measure of a person’s worth. It seems however in our post post modern times the ability to draw the attention of  the public is how regard someone’s value to society. While I would rather be rich our nation as a whole seems to value the eyes of their fellow citizens and the ability to draw a crowd is now the most surefire way to accumulate vast sums of money.  What this means for the generation who’s only frame of reference is this greatest culmination of the Information Age will remain to be seen, but the sooner those of us in the transitory generation accept this the sooner we will be able to properly grapple with this new world with which we now confront.


Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Philosophy, Social Life


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2 responses to “On The Death Of Modesty

  1. primemeridian11

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 AM

    This was really good. I don’t know how many people read this, but this definitely speaks to the culture of our generation. I have a few more social media rules:

    1. Obsessive social network PDA shld be avoided (of course obsessiveness is subjective)
    2. Every post does not need to be a convicting/condemning Bible verse
    3. Be who you are. Don’t have a web personality that is different than your real one. People can tell and we judge you.
    4. Typo’s are inevitable. However, incessant typos also result in people judging you.
    5. You should not have social network beef. If you’re fighting with someone that much, scrap it out in person. You look weak if you do it on the web.
    6. If all your posts are about how much your life sucks, you need therapy. (venting is ok. public depression is not.)

    This list is not exhaustive; just stuff that annoys me and I think would help make social networking better for all. Carry on!

  2. Typo-Critical

    December 1, 2010 at 4:35 PM

    “[Back then], honor was the measuring stick of a man.” Now, that’s real.

    Like you said, I think for the most part – for lack of a better term – society on the whole is mostly attention whores. We garner our value both personally and publicly from the people we know and how many followers (both Twitterally and literally) we can command. It’s a shame.

    I also agree with PrimeMeridian11’s above-listed social media rules. All of those are examples of people (like I just did). Number three is SO crucial. We literally live in a world now where people exist as “internet thugs” or use language completely the opposite of what we would expect from their real life counterparts (the “church girl” being a very vulgar participant in, say, twitter after dark, for example). I honestly can’t tell these days if there’s just a loss of self-dignity or if we really are being governed by the prospect of conviction by a jury of our peers in the court of daily life.


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