Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Ashley Madison Hack by now. Yes, it’s bad. Hacking content that is supposed to be private is bad. That’s an indisputable fact. However, anyone with half a sense of humor will see the irony in it and likely point it out for a morning chuckle over a cup of coffee.
Why? Because the world is full of shitty things, and sometimes you just have to laugh about something, and irony is humorous.
I saw a meme that made me laugh at said irony, and I posted it to Twitter. Shockingly, it sort of attracted A LOT of negative responses from people who decided to chew me out over it because they assumed that I would automatically support hacking in general.
Of course, it’s not at all shocking that people would jump to such assumptions. Why bother taking the time to actually know where someone stands before you overwhelm their Twitter feed with insults about how utterly and completely wrong they are, coupled with useless facts that don’t really pertain to anything but their own social justice agenda?
I figured I would write a blog post, not about all of the arguments on why the Ashley Madison hack is bad (because a lot of people have already done that, and I do not feel the need to add to it), but because I think people are a little confused about my actual stance on this particular hack.
To sum it up: I think hacking is bad. I can see the irony in this particular case, and I can chuckle about it, but I can and do still feel bad for everyone that this affects. Just because I posted a few sarcastic memes (hello, I love sarcasm, if the name of this blog is any indication of that), doesn’t mean that I support having all of their private information shared. In fact, I agree with every point listed in this article on The Good Men Project.
Many people have a hard time not saying “they got what they deserved”, because lying and cheating is also bad, just like hacking is bad. Yes, they are totally different levels of bad, I’m not arguing that. But they are both in my book of “this is totally wrong and I do not support or condone this kind of behavior”. Do I believe in karma? Yes. Will I look up people on that list? Hell no. Have I even shared any articles “outing” people supposedly on it? No. In fact, I believe I just shared a sarcastic meme about it.
So, before you come at me with your battle axes proclaiming I support hacking and stealing identities, you should probably calm your tits a little because I don’t.
Basically, what I’m trying to say here is that someone posting a meme doesn’t equal out to someone posting their detailed opinion on a matter, it’s really just someone posting a goddamn meme that they found humorous at the time.