Thursday, December 18, 2014

N. Korea Wins --Sony Cancels “The Interview” Premier

Sony made a picture called “The Interview” and it pokes some fun at the Dictator of North Korea. The North Koreans didn’t like that. Hackers working for them wanted to stop the release and keep us from watching it. They hacked into Sony’s computers and stole emails and proprietary information and started making them public. They wanted to cause so much embarrassment and disruption the “The Interview” would be pulled.

We helped them. We wanted to see those private emails, every dirty, juicy little tidbit and word. Emails that were, and are, none of our business. But we didn’t care. We had to have them. Our so-called journalists fought to print them so that we’d watch their newscasts, go to their websites and buy their newspapers. Advertisers paid premium prices to put their ads on those pages. Maybe, just maybe, we read the article and see an ad for a winter coat at 30 % off at Twittle and Dees.

Sony fought back, showed some backbone. They didn’t come out and say, “These were private emails. They’re not your business. Butt out.” No, they apologized for any hurtful things that may have been said and then told the Koreans the hacking didn’t work. They were showing the film.

The hackers then turned to us, the movie goers. They threatened us if we dared go to a showing. They even invoked 9/11 to intimidate us.

It worked. Theaters started canceling the premiere out of an abundance of caution and concern for their patrons. Sony finally caved in and withdrew the movie. Result: Korea wins.

Shame on us. The minute we knew the Koreans were behind the emails being stolen and released our journalists should have refused to print them. When the Koreans threatened us if we went to see it, we should have risen up and said, “You don’t tell us what to go see (or anything else for that matter).” “We are not intimidated by you two-bit thugs.”

But we didn’t. We sit quietly back and let it happen. Shame. Shame on us. Where’s that defiant American Spirit? What happened to our vaunted sense of right and wrong? Have the leaders of our Administration changed America so much that we now take the European way of dealing with these things? That way is to hide your head in the sand and hope the problem goes away. I’ve got news for you –it doesn’t work!

I don’t know about you but as for me, I’m going to the first showing of that film. I wouldn’t have gone. It doesn’t sound like a movie I’d normally want to see. But I am going. I am not going to let hackers or Koreans or and one else scare me into doing want they want.

What are you going to do?

Today's Reflection:
How can you spot the blind guy at the Nudist Colony?
--It's not hard...

Live Long and Prosper...

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