On Sony: Oh, Baloney!

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The Gossips (Norman Rockwell)Someone asked me last week what I thought about the recent Sony hack (allegedly from North Korean hackers upset about an upcoming movie) and I told him I’d have to get back to him on that because I wasn’t following the story at all. Well, I wasted a half hour looking it up and can safely say a hearty “Who Cares?” springs to mind.

I’d bet you a whole penny that EVERY entertainment company on the planet is stocked with executives behaving badly who say nasty things about people they know, don’t know or don’t care about after they leave their sight. Big deal. The fact that news organizations are bending over backwards to churn out daily updates on who said what about whom and how “bad” it all is in mind-blowing to me because it’s not only OLD news, it’s something anyone and everyone (who’s not a bald-faced liar) has done to someone else they’ve worked for or with…

Look, we’re all adults here (except for you kids out there), so come on, ‘fess up. pal. You’ve gone and made stupid comments to co-workers, family and friends about people you’ve met, close (or “close”) friends, family and other people you’ve dealt with at some point during your lifespan. Sure, a lot of the stuff said about certain people in those emails is surprising and shocking. But that’s also one of the incredibly dumb-ass things humans who haven’t yet realized that the internet hides NOTHING forever did, do and will continue to do until they wise up. Well, at least to the point they ONLY do this crap offline and in private. With someone they know won’t blab away the off-color nonsense that gets them neck deep in doo-doo.

Yeah, yeah – censorship is bad. Maybe so, but self-censorship and keeping what you don’t think will go public out of your email is probably the go-to common sense thing. Especially in this day and age where careers get ended over a single tweet and someone’s good work done for decades gets erased because they didn’t know when to self-edit. Sure, everyone should be able to speak their minds without fear of getting the big pink boot in the ass. On the other hand, we’re in that time where snippets of a smart-ass comment can make more internet enemies among people looking anywhere for that daily outrage.

Granted, I’d be firing people left and right because for a company as large and important as Sony is, image is everything. Still, the image of out of control elitists calling other elitists even more out of control is incredibly amusing on a cosmically ironic level, and it seems that there’s a big bombshell wind up to the finish coming soon. Not to a theater near you, though, as newspapers and online outlets are set to continue their trend of mining the sewers for “news” such as this for no other reason than readers and ratings.

Par for the course, the media is helping the hackers do their work by shoveling the shit into the laps of those that eat it up and don’t realize that they’re feeding on more distractions while Rome sinks into the sea around them. Sure, Sony’s got a lot to worry about and will continue to do so for as long as the results of this hack leak out. But I’d bet every other company in the world is happy that they’re NOT the ones being focused on while dropping to the ground and begging that whatever is hiding in their closets isn’t aired out for public viewing at some point.

Ah well, I guess the daily bread and circuses show must go on. I won’t be watching this particular disaster movie any more after this, but I will be keeping an ear to the ground for any unusual fallout that affects my hobby. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a nap to take or something. Zzzzzzzz…

5 thoughts on “On Sony: Oh, Baloney!

    • The feeding frenzy will last until the next big corporate hack, which will make people forget about this one until some outlets that won’t let the story die off like it should bring it up again. The cycle continues… or the sequels continue…

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      • You’re right though. Who cares about the celebrities and execs? The real story is that hacking is causing a tremendous amount of damage, and while the Sony “hack” can be amusing, things like hacking and posting celebrity nudes and phone texting is outright unconscionable. Why is it when Jennifer Lawrence gets hacked its a scandal but when Sony Corporation gets hacked its not?
        Anyway, your title for this post is genius! Well done.

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      • Well, that last “scandal” with the photos made my eyebrows pop up because I’ve been saying for years that no one should trust that ANY device they use that stores anything online is “safe” or “secure” at all. Most people I ended up discussing this with fell into one of two camps: younger ones who were outraged about the invasion of privacy and older ones who said stuff along the lines of “That’s why I have Polaroids and shoe boxes” or “portable drives not connected to the internet at all come in handy” with a lot of nodding and winking. I don’t trust modern tech to keep anything because of the level of clueless folks who think the internet is somehow “magically” safe and as long as they read the manual on their phones (and not the EULA that says the people who make these devices aren’t liable if anything gets removed from those devices illegally), all will be fine.

        Now, I’m NOT saying they shouldn’t have taken those photos of themselves (Other than the millions of curious to downright obsessed fans who want to see them naked, who cares, really?). It’s just putting your faith in something as slickly shady as the internet isn’t the smartest thing to do no matter how much security is said to be in place.

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      • Again, well said. Our public obsession with celebrities and their constant drive to shock and stay relevant is perfect fodder for the internet. All these cloud servers are going to be treasure troves for hackers. It’s a strange new world.
        Thanks for this conversation. I really enjoyed your feedback.

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