The future of embarrassment

Sf writer Charlie Stross poses an intriguing futures question.  What will embarrass people in the future, after a generation of online porn, widespread surveillance, and ubiquitous computing?

What is public shame going to look like in 2033? And what are the implications for the psychological profile of the kind of people who will be campaigning for high level office? Are we going to see candidates for the highest posts raised from toddler-dom in hermetically sealed media bubbles by their dynastic political parents, with lives so carefully curated that there’s nothing for their rivals to get a handle on during a dirty campaign? Or are we going to see a public who increasingly expect politicians to behave like jaded celebrities (or their own peers) and who won’t blink at revelations of anything short of murder?

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