The Automated Honor System

May 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm 1 comment

Breaking News: The Honor System is now automated.

Instituted when an apple core was found at the Garden of Eden, the original Honor System was the personal sense of responsibility, ethics and sincerity used to guide individual behavior and assure others of positive intent and actions. Until now, the Honor System has been a voluntary, do-it-yourself program. The new Automated Honor System–powered by Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and the blogsophere–uses digital content to substantiate the keywords “Trust me.”

Text messages, electronic fund transfers, “behind-the-scenes” cooking shows, and pre-pageant photo shoots are all components of the new Honor System. (Never fear…grainy videos, spotty tax returns, DNA samplesĀ and “reply to all” e-mails are there too.) Media, bloggers, and plenty of easily outraged people on Twitter are on 24/7 standby, ready to spread uploaded content far and wide and give the system some real teeth.

Although the Automated Honor System has emerged successfully from its beta stage, it remains to be seen if it will have a greater effect on personal behavior than the previous, voluntary method. At least, it solves the age-old question, “Who’s gonna know?” Answer: “Everyone…and quicker than you think.”


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  • 1. Involuntary Transparency «  |  December 5, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    […] The title phrase–involuntary transparency–comes from Andy Greenberg’s cover story for Forbes on WikiLeaks. A fascinating juxtaposition of the unpleasant and the noble, the term harkens to a post on this blog, “The Automated Honor System.” […]


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