Back in 2011, when Bloomberg Businessweek published a story about Ashley Madison (the premier ‘dating’ website for aspiring adulterers), it was clear that many people saw the business as a joke.
No one is laughing now. Everything changed with the hacking of the Ashley Madison website and the release of over 37 million names, along with account information.
The mainstream media seems to know that the Ashley Madison hacking story is big news, but the main concern seems to be more about embarrassment than shamefulness.
Then again, even as the larger culture tries to convince itself that it has proudly outgrown monogamy, the furor and grief over the Ashley Madison revelations point to the underlying reality that even those supposedly liberated from conventional sexual morality really do know that adultery is wrong.
Nevertheless, severed from any substantial moral grounding, they are not exactly sure why adultery is wrong, or how wrong they should understand adultery to be.
Sadly: Once this scandal subsides, the moral concern about adultery is likely to dissipate as well.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/221896913″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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