Ashley Madison, the cheater’s site, has been hacked, and here’s my response

Ashley MadisonI’ve already written about this issue on the Gospel Herald, another site that I write for. If you aren’t family with Ashley Madison, they are a dating website, with a difference: they are designed for those who are married or in a committed relationship. It’s tagline is “Life is Short, Have an Affair”. I can’t think of worse advice.

You might have heard that Ashley Madison has been hacked. It was done by a group or a person called The Impact Team. The group put something on the website claiming that they have all this personal information from Avid Life Media, the parent of Ashley Madison. This group also claims that Avid Life Media owns Established Men, which supports human trafficking.

When I reported on this, I kept my opinion out of it. Even on an online website known as The Gospel Herald, I wanted to keep my opinions as a Christian out of it. I remained objective, but there is a paragraph that I wanted to say.

I am glad to say that I didn’t know about Ashley Madison. I am a married man, and I said vows that I don’t regret about 17 years ago that implied that I wouldn’t be on sites like this looking to have an affair.

The issue that I have with Ashley Madison is that it exists, and it has millions (about 37 million) subscribers. Are there that many people who are trying to be unfaithful to their spouses? Yes, I am going to talk about how I believe that marriages should stay together.

There is something about Ashley Madison being hacked that actually pleases me. Yes, I just want them to have their comeuppance. I don’t know if there is a lot of Ashley Madison clients’ spouses that are getting information that their spouse is being unfaithful. If so, now they have to deal with the consequences of a cheating lifestyle which ends with you getting caught.

I find it odd that the Sources that talked about the Ashley Madison really downplayed The Impact Team’s claim that Avid Life Media could be supporting prostitution and human trafficking. Is the real outrage that a site’s privacy been violated? I’m outraged that Ashley Madison even exists.

I realize that as a society we can accept a lot compared to what we used to. We’re getting close to legalizing drugs, and I’m glad we have made strides with equality of race and gender orientation. The issue is that I feel that marriage shouldn’t be violated, and if that makes me old-fashioned, I guess that’s what I am.

My Response to “The Snappening” and “The Fappening”

Hacked starsI mentioned in my last post that I am going to talk about certain issues that have arisen with technology. Yesterday, it was about “selfies”, and today it is about “The Fappening” as well as “The Snappening”.

If you aren’t familiar with those terms, “The Fappening” relates to a recent event with Google where certain photos were hacked from the company’s cloud service. As a result, a lot of actresses have found explicit pictures of themselves leaking online. Some of them include Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Rihanna, and they are upset. They have even filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against Google, and Lawrence has even called the incident a “sex crime”.

Snapchat and SnapsaveIt is called “The Fappening” as an Internet reference to masturbation, which is presumably what these leaked pictures are being…you know what, I’d rather not think about that. A related event known as “The Snappening” has taken place, where users on 4chan claim that Snapchat or some third party application that works with the popular app has been hacked. If you are not familiar with Snapchat, it is a photo application where you can send a photo to someone, and it will automatically delete itself in the receiver’s phone’s memory. I’ll let you decide what some users use that for.

I’ve written about those incidents on The Gospel Herald, and you can link to the articles above. I don’t know if I will write there on a permanent basis, but I have been thinking about these incidents.

In fact, they are related to another incident with JPMorgan Chase. Their bank was hacked, which means a lot of users’ information was taken. Oddly enough, the passwords are not changed. I’ve heard similar news from KMart and Dairy Queen saying that their payment card data has been stolen.

Okay, you know what this tells me? We are not safe. Please don’t get paranoid over this. I know we all feel safe in our homes, for the most part, but they can be broken into. The fact that they don’t get broken into daily doesn’t prove that society is basically good, but is willing to respect certain boundaries. In the same manner, our accounts and personal info can be hacked.

This is why I don’t put anything explicit on a cloud service. I’m not trying to “blame the victim” here. I’m sure all those victims of “The Snappening” probably had passwords, but hackers live to work around them.

I honestly don’t know what the solution is for this problem. I don’t think Google has the power to erase any information stolen from their clients’ personal accounts. If they had a button that could do that, I would be afraid. This is good and bad part of the Internet. When you put something out there, it is out there. Why do you think that cyberbullying is an issue? Because people that bully in person can be ignored for that temporary inconvenience, but posting something negative on someone’s wall can be really hurtful and stays as long as the Internet works.

I suppose the thing that can be learned is try not to put anything out there on the Internet that can be used against you. But if it is used against you, face up to it. Personally, I know that a lot of things are going to happen to me that I probably don’t deserve, so I’m guessing that I’m supposed to deal with it as it comes.

“Girl is trying too hard to take a selfie” video makes me wonder

selfie girlI’m going to be writing about some serious issues today, and the first thing I would like to address is our trend toward narcissism. Part of this is the trend for those to take “selfies”, as well as social media where we have the ability to log our life, whether it is worth logging or not.

Think about it. How many friends do you have on Facebook that keep posting things that you honestly don’t care about? Worse yet, you can’t imagine why anyone would care about these things? Some of the things may be worthy of “Likes” but oftentimes, I wish Facebook had a “Meh” button. Much of these “meh’s” would be over selfies.

Selfies are simply an obvious adaptation to social media culture. I find that I take pictures of them every once in a while when I am in a place where I have never been, but I often ask someone to hold the camera or phone for me. Front facing cameras have clearly made “selfie” a word, and I found it strange that the word is now a TV series.

I’ve watched the pilot episode of Selfie, and I have to admire what it is trying to do. The main character is obsessed with looking good online, that bad experiences for her are magnified. The fact that she loved to mock people online made it worse when she was mocked. Selfie is, at its heart, a show about how a selfish person is gaining a sense of trying to help the world around them. This is a theme that isn’t new, but it updates it for the social media age.

This leads to today’s video which you can watch above. I want to let you know that it is Not Safe for Work. Yeah, the girl is in a bikini, but you can show that on a G-rated movie. It is because of the language, from the person filming this.

I have no idea where this video was taken, but it has stirred up a lot of discussion on the Internet. It shows a girl taking pictures of herself in a bikini, presumably so she can do selfies. Maybe she’s sending them to someone, it is not revealed.

What is interesting is the one who is filming is commenting, and I don’t necessarily agree with her. Especially when she starts insulting the bikini-clad girl. I can’t really condone calling anyone ugly and don’t see an occasion where this would be appropriate.

However, I believe the speaker’s statement where she says that the bikini woman has been taking selfie-shots for quite a long time. Generally, most of my phone videos happen when it is too late to start filming, so who knows how long this woman as been self-shooting?

If this bikini-lady is trying to take a selfie, then this does go into narcissistic territory. I don’t really see a reason for all these shots, but this might be more of a product of the society that we live in, with an obsession over selfies.

I can’t help but think that if the Internet survives a century from now, what we will think about ourselves? There will be so much information to go through on everyone from countless social networks, that doing research on anyone after the year 2000 will be a matter of sifting through the info that they won’t go through. The conclusion that I hope the next generation will draw was that we were self-obsessed people, but if we are, then will the next generation even care, at all?