As it turns out, 'Life is short. Have an affair®' may not have been such good advice...

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2015/08/19 13:49 +00:00, original URI:

Watching the whole Ashley Madison data hacking scandal is an open invitation to have everyone drown in a swamp of moral ambiguity.

Now I am seriously not judging here. I have had lapses over the years. But I mean who do you root for in a battle between these kinds are sides?

• the website promising discrete infidelity who gets a registered trademark for their catchy slogan as if they ever had a chance at winning in a civil suit for anyone misusing their catchphrase? or

• the lowlife bottom feeders who prove me wrong and try to take advantage of Ashley Madison business model? or

• the hackers who "liberated" the names of the cheating clients from the site who started publishing them when the site owners wouldn't cave to blackmail? or

• the Twitter trend that makes the passing away of the actor who played TV's Batgirl consigned to ALSO DEAD status? or

• the data miners who look for awful patterns like the number or .gov email addresses or politicians or celebrities? or

• the identity thieves who have found a sociopathically  novel way to "launder" identity theft through something as truly unclean as institutional infidelity?

I could try to go on but I threw up in my mouth a little typing this list. I shudder at any jury that would have to decide who is most guilty in a situation where almost everyone is in the wrong and nobody is going to come out unscathed. Just touching it is like catching a bit of plague.

How could we sink any lower than the crimes against dignity that this will cause? :/

I am usually quite the cynical bastard but THIS is causing the stack to overflow.

I'd like to go wash my hands now -- my phone from which I am authoring this blog post autofilled Madison after I typed Ashley....

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