Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Your Must-Read of the Day: The Sex Scandal As Civic Lesson

Jack Shafer finds the silver lining:

"Political sex scandals have a way of engaging an otherwise apathetic public in substantive coverage about the workings of the criminal justice system, the misuse of political power, and American prudery. Already the Petraeus scandal has schooled a naïve nation about proper email hygiene, the internal workings of the FBI, lax military discipline, computer privacy issues, and the loose handling of classified information. And this scandal has been in the wild for less than a week.

"Like the Bible, [sex scandals] educate us about our sordid, sinful world by wrapping it up inside intelligible narratives