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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:43 am
 


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By AARON SORKIN DEC. 14, 2014

“Jolie a ‘Spoiled Brat’ From ‘Crazyland,’ ” says The New York Post.

“Shocking New Reveals From Sony Hack,” says The Daily Beast.

“Sony’s Hacked Emails Highlight Hollywood’s Problems With Diversity,” says The Huffington Post.

“You’re Giving Material Aid to Criminals,” say the rest of us.

LOS ANGELES — THREE weeks ago Sony Pictures Entertainment was the victim of a massive cyberattack by an outlaw group calling itself the Guardians of Peace. They breached Sony’s security and stole tens of thousands of internal documents and emails.

Then they left a threat. The Guardians said they were going to make these private documents public if the studio went ahead with its planned release of “The Interview,” a comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco in which the two are tasked by the Central Intelligence Agency to whack the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Then they left another threat, this one accompanied by violent and disturbing imagery. “Not only you but your family will be in danger,” read a message to all Sony employees. The Federal Bureau of Investigation won’t say much, but it says the hack is sophisticated and backed by a lot of money.

The Guardians just had to lob the ball; they knew our media would crash the boards and slam it in. First, salaries were published. Not by the hackers, but by American news outlets.

Then came the emails. A squabble between the Sony executive Amy Pascal and the producer Scott Rudin, an inappropriate and racially charged exchange, an insulting critique of recent Adam Sandler movies, a new idea for the “Spider-Man” franchise. Published. Everywhere.

Finally the media got serious. Not because no one gets more use out of the First Amendment than they do, and here was a group threatening to kill people for exercising it. Not because hackers had released Social Security numbers, home addresses, computer passwords, bank account details, performance reviews, phone numbers, the aliases used when high-profile actors check into hotels (a safety measure to keep stalkers away), and even the medical records of employees and their children. But because a stolen email revealed that Jennifer Lawrence was being undervalued.

I’m not a disinterested third party. Much of the squabbling between Ms. Pascal and Mr. Rudin was about a movie that’s about to begin shooting, “Steve Jobs,” for which I wrote the screenplay, so my name comes up from time to time. The widely published documents that were stolen include an email to Ms. Pascal in which I advocated going to Tom Cruise for the lead role (I did), a second email from one executive to another speculating that I’m broke (I’m fine) and a third that suggested that I might be romantically involved with a woman whose book I’m using as source material for a new script (I wish).

And because I and two movies of mine get a little dinged up, I feel I have the credibility to say this: I don’t care. Because the minor insults that were revealed are such small potatoes compared to the fact that they were revealed. Not by the hackers, but by American journalists helping them.

It’s not a proud day for Hollywood either. This is a town of powerful people — leaders and risk-takers who create things that have the power to start and change conversations. So why has it been so awfully quiet out here?

We create movie moments. Wouldn’t it be a movie moment if the other studios invoked the NATO rule and denounced the attack on Sony as an attack on all of us, and our bedrock belief in free expression? If the Writers Guild and Directors Guild stood by their members? If the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents the movie industry in Washington, knocked on the door of Congress and said we’re in the middle of an ongoing attack on one of America’s largest exports? We’re coming to the end of the first reel; it’s time to introduce our heroes.

I understand that news outlets routinely use stolen information. That’s how we got the Pentagon Papers, to use an oft-used argument. But there is nothing in these documents remotely rising to the level of public interest of the information found in the Pentagon Papers.

Do the emails contain any information about Sony breaking the law? No. Misleading the public? No. Acting in direct harm to customers, the way the tobacco companies or Enron did? No. Is there even one sentence in one private email that was stolen that even hints at wrongdoing of any kind? Anything that can help, inform or protect anyone?

The co-editor in chief of Variety tells us he decided that the leaks were — to use his word — “newsworthy.” I’m dying to ask him what part of the studio’s post-production notes on Cameron Crowe’s new project is newsworthy. So newsworthy that it’s worth carrying out the wishes of people who’ve said they’re going to murder families and who have so far done everything they’ve threatened to do. Newsworthy. As the character Inigo Montoya said in “The Princess Bride,” I do not think it means what you think it means.

So much for ever getting a good review from Variety again. And so much for our national outrage over the National Security Agency reading our stuff. It turns out some of us have no problem with it at all. We just vacated that argument.

As a screenwriter in Hollywood who’s only two generations removed from probably being blacklisted, I’m not crazy about Americans calling other Americans un-American, so let’s just say that every news outlet that did the bidding of the Guardians of Peace is morally treasonous and spectacularly dishonorable.

I know there’s juicy stuff in the emails and I know some of us have been insulted and I know there’s more to come. No one’s private life can totally withstand public scrutiny. But this is much bigger than hurt feelings and banged-up egos.

If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel.

Aaron Sorkin is a screenwriter and playwright.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/15/opini ... ckers.html


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A smart script writer would right this very moment be hard at work taking notes and creating a script for a dramatization of the Sony hack. Hell, if I were Sony I'd make sure my studio was the one making the movie so I'd have control over the story!


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A smart script writer would right this very moment be hard at work taking notes and creating a script for a dramatization of the Sony hack. Hell, if I were Sony I'd make sure my studio was the one making the movie so I'd have control over the story!

I'd be focusing on the media's role in it. The Norks did this because they're Norks. When you're the short bus of nation states, you need to make sure you get regular attention. The media OTOH, are a bunch of worthless jackals who don't give a shit who they hurt, just as long as they have some "news" to print.


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BartSimpson BartSimpson:
A smart script writer would right this very moment be hard at work taking notes and creating a script for a dramatization of the Sony hack. Hell, if I were Sony I'd make sure my studio was the one making the movie so I'd have control over the story!


The story caught my attention, because Sorkin writes 'The Newsroom' scripts. They've been covering a lot of stories that hit the news lately (indirectly), so I'll bet this will come up in some story theme next season.

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The media OTOH, are a bunch of worthless jackals who don't give a shit who they hurt, just as long as they have some "news" to print.


^^ That. No need to give Kim Jon Shortbus , more press than he really deserves. And no need to ruin people because of things they said that they thought would be kept private, just for a buck.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:24 am
 


Corporate shenanigans when revealed are always a legit story, even if the revelation was done by creeps like the Norks. They pissed the Norks off with their stupid movie and the Norks struck back. Can't blame the hackers if Sony's passcodes were all basically no more complex than 1-2-3-4. Sad to see a major Japanese company, even it's American wing, being run so poorly though. Doesn't do much to help their reputation for efficiency and whatnot.


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For anyone who cares, here's the opposing argument to Sorkin.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/16/s ... documents/


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N_Fiddledog N_Fiddledog:
For anyone who cares, here's the opposing argument to Sorkin.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/16/s ... documents/

The rebuttal is pathetic at best. 100% deflection of the issue at hand. Using his example of Walmart and/or the Koch Bros., if the e-mails from them were leaked and they contained information of more than just a gossipy nature, say like influence peddling or price fixing, then yeah, the media has an obligation to report that stuff.

But this is far from the first time the media has way overstepped its bounds, like the NYT listing the names and addresses of gun owners in NYC.
And let's face it, this information wasn't hacked and leaked by some "crusader for justice" seeking to expose the truth about something potentially sinister. It was hacked and leaked to cause harm because some goof with penis envy is having a permanent bad hair day and the dipshits in the media have played right into their hands.


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I have little sympathy for Mr Sorkin, considering the reviews if the Newsroom lately i think this has more to do with that than any moral issues with real news outlets. And i do think that News Organizations do have a public interest in this and do the public.

Fist of all i don't care about Seth Rogan and James Franco, they're both abysmal actors who have starred in god awful movies and i did not before nor do i plan on seeing the Interview. I haven't read the emails leaked or do have any interest in the machinations of the Clueless atop the Sony Empire.

However the story isn't about them at all it's about the "GOP" (Guardians of Peace) the group who hacked Sony And it's about the vulnerability of any organization that doesn't take security very very seriously and what can happen


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HyperionTheEvil HyperionTheEvil:
I have little sympathy for Mr Sorkin, considering the reviews if the Newsroom lately i think this has more to do with that than any moral issues with real news outlets. And i do think that News Organizations do have a public interest in this and do the public.

Fist of all i don't care about Seth Rogan and James Franco, they're both abysmal actors who have starred in god awful movies and i did not before nor do i plan on seeing the Interview. I haven't read the emails leaked or do have any interest in the machinations of the Clueless atop the Sony Empire.

However the story isn't about them at all it's about the "GOP" (Guardians of Peace) the group who hacked Sony And it's about the vulnerability of any organization that doesn't take security very very seriously and what can happen



It sure looks like a hack attack by the Norks. Threatening a "9/11" for every theatre in America that screens that new movie about assassinating Fat Boy is sufficiently over-the-top to implicate the North Koreans ... a thousand deaths to Running Dog and all that.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:39 pm
 


The Sony hacking should be a wake up call for Government agencies and financial institutions.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:53 pm
 


Hollywood and journalism at its most venal and vain here.


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Zipperfish Zipperfish:
Hollywood and journalism at its most venal and vain here.


Oh, and don't forget the hacking, as well. However venal and vain, that is not an open invitation to invite yourselves in to someone else's' data. You might be the victim yourself, some day.


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HyperionTheEvil HyperionTheEvil:
I have little sympathy for Mr Sorkin, considering the reviews if the Newsroom lately i think this has more to do with that than any moral issues with real news outlets. And i do think that News Organizations do have a public interest in this and do the public.

Fist of all i don't care about Seth Rogan and James Franco, they're both abysmal actors who have starred in god awful movies and i did not before nor do i plan on seeing the Interview. I haven't read the emails leaked or do have any interest in the machinations of the Clueless atop the Sony Empire.

However the story isn't about them at all it's about the "GOP" (Guardians of Peace) the group who hacked Sony And it's about the vulnerability of any organization that doesn't take security very very seriously and what can happen

Gotta give it to the Norks though, they do have amusingly ironic names for shit. Like calling themselves a democratic republic, that's always worth a giggle, and now we have the "Guardians of Peace". Well it appears the dinks hold peace with about as much regard as they hold democracy. "Do as we say or we'll 9/11 you".
That's sounds like the Nork idea of peace all right.


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Zipperfish Zipperfish:
Hollywood and journalism at its most venal and vain here.


Oh, and don't forget the hacking, as well. However venal and vain, that is not an open invitation to invite yourselves in to someone else's' data. You might be the victim yourself, some day.


Yeah, that goes without saying.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 18, 2014 9:16 am
 


Just as there was a draw Mohammed day there should be a draw Kim Jung Un Day. The fat boy was miffed over a movie showing his demise and threaten all kinds of unpleasantness if the film was released. This is not the DPRK.


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