Friday 9 December 2016

The whole concept of fidelity has been hacked

Dr Marie Murray

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in the 1987 film ‘Fatal Attraction’, which told the story of an adulterous affair and its aftermath
Michael Douglas and Glenn Close in the 1987 film ‘Fatal Attraction’, which told the story of an adulterous affair and its aftermath

No matter who you are or what your views on fidelity or infidelity may be, you have to be flabbergasted by the Ashley Madison 'affair'. If ever there was a story that you just couldn't make up and be believed, this is it.

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In a world desensitised to the salacious, where social media overload consigns most revelations to nanosecond scandal, the Ashley Madison story has stuck a chord that goes beyond water-cooler conversation into deeper consideration of who we are and whether there is any honesty left in relationships at all.

It is not just the Ashley Madison database that has been hacked, the whole concept of marital fidelity has been hacked and so everyone is processing the overwhelming disclosure that literally millions upon millions of people could intentionally, premeditatively sign up and pay to be unfaithful on an infidelity website.

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