Our eldest daughter has a phrase she is fond of using on the frequent occasions where my understanding of her cultural touchpoints comes up empty. “It’s a thing, Dad. It really is.” she will say in order to efficiently dismiss my profound lack of knowledge while at the same time assuring me that she fully comprehends what I so clearly cannot. End of discussion. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Move on to the next topic.
Similarly the debacle that was/is the hack of Sony, the cancellation (and un-cancellation) of “The Interview” and all the censorship, privacy, ethical and geopolitical considerations seem to be “A Thing”. Meaning that they are so complex and intertwined as to be beyond easy analysis and understanding in the short term. Accordingly it seems appropriate to create a “message in a bottle” (cue The Police circa 1979) which contains an admittedly personal curation of the last three weeks of stories on the subject. The hope is that time and perspective will help our understanding of the implications to creativity of what happened, and comparing what we will know in the future to what we know know will somehow be helpful.
So without further ado a collection (in rough chronological order) of The Interview/Sony/Hack “Thing” to-date.
The Messy Media Ethics Behind The Sony Hacks: The gray area where the leaked information resides — between public and private, prurient and illuminating — might not be the exception, but the new normal.