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This is inspired by "Virtual Death Penalty".
Like Charlie Brooker, i assume the day will come when dead people's identities are reconstituted from their traces left online. It would be a form of resurrection. However, certain religious groups hold the doctrine of annihilationism, where the alternatives
are not Heaven and Hell but Paradise and non-existence after death.
In anticipation of our virtual resurrection, another punishment, akin to airbrushing people out of pictures, would be to erase them from internet history. No trace would remain of their history except offline for archival purposes, possibly as an awful warning. Then, when the time comes for everyone's simulacrum to be uploaded into android bodies or clones, they will not be among the chosen.
The existence of that threat could act as a deterrent for naughtiness of all kinds.
||I like it both for its modernity, but also how it
references the striking from the records of the