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Friday, December 19, 2014

'The Interview' and why it shouldn't be released

I can NOT stop seeing news and social media posts about North Korea and The Interview.  Seriously, if you don't know what I'm talking about, then you are living under a rock.
One thing that is driving me crazy is that people are calling Sony a "coward" for not releasing the movie.  All in the name of Freedom of Speech.
First of all, why is it so important that we have access to some movie and put lives at risk?  Is it really worth it to be able to go see a movie and have the chance to get your head blown off?  I don't know if this would really actually happen, I mean it would be really hard to plant bombs around several theaters around our whole huge country.  But what if it was only 1 theater?  What if only 200 people got their heads blown off?  Would it be worth it?

Freedom of Speech means I have the OPTION to say what I want.  Not that I will say what I want.
I have yet to read that the government ordered Sony not to release it.  We do have freedom of speech in this country and that gives us a lot of responsibility to realize that our actions have consequences.  It's up to us to use this freedom responbily.
I agree that the right to freedom of speech (among many others) is worth the lives of many.  However, this film would never even be seen by the general populace of North Korea, so educating them on what a crappy country they live in wouldn't happen.  Anyone who argues that North Korea is an awesome place to live would have at least 93% of the world population disagree with them* so the value of releasing this film does not outweigh the cost of lives lost.

Another thing people are forgetting is that Sony has just had a major security breech.  They've had a crapload of information released.  This includes 4 previously unreleased movies.  I would be pretty pissed off if I created a whole movie and it was leaked to the never-forgetting internet before it was released.  How much money have they lost and how will this affect the economy?  Anyone who says that the loss of one company cannot affect the economy only need to do a Google search of Lehman Brothes, AIG and Big Banks to know that this isn't true.
A lot of private information was also released. Whether you like what the information says doesn't matter.   Could you imagine your private emails, things you say in passing to a trusted friend, being released to the public in a major way?   Things you say and probably don't really mean?  All this information was leaked, not by the hacker, but by our own media outlets.  They were given access to the information plus the passwords and they leaked the information.  How is that for Freedom of Speech?  Plus their bank information, drivers license numbers: all stuff that should remain private.

Sony is dealing with a major issue and people only seem to talk about the fact that they don't get to see a movie.
So, say you don't care that much about Sony, why should you care about this event?

If this truly was done by North Korea, what are the implications going forth?  First of all, the fact that NK was able to surprise not only the general population, but the US government, should be disconcerting.  NK is one of our most vocal critics and even if they sound a bit crazy and seem to have a lot more bark than bite, they've proven to us that they have the ability to hack.  And crazy hackers can have a lot of power.

What kinds of things can be hacked these days?  I'm going to go out on a limb and say anything that has a connection to the internet.  So banks, credit cards, social security numbers…  If they truly can have the power, no only to access information but to completely delete it, they can create a complete financial melt down.

Another thing is the implications that this can be seen as an act of war.  If the US determines that it is, what will our reaction be?  Is this the Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century?

I am in no way saying that these things will happen.  I'm not the doom and gloom kind of gal but what I am trying to point out is that there is a lot more to be worried about than being able to go see a movie.  



*This is a statistic made up in my head and in no way reflects any actual studies completed.


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