Friday, December 19, 2014
Will Sony and the USA bow down to the North Koreans---if it was NK who hacked them!
President Obama has portrayed a very 'measured' demeanour to a TV reporter today when asked about an American response to the hacking of Sony and the ongoing threats. He seemed relaxed. Does he know something? He almost 'ridiculed' Sony for their caving in to the supposed NK demands-----that the film in question never be released in any form. OK--what is so important about all this? One would hope that a backroom group of hackers, based in NK, who could cause so much damage and bring a huge corporation to its knees, could be neutralized in some way---that is short of some sort of 'military reaction. Should the film makers take a more 'responsible' approach to their 'art?'Should they self-censor? One does not have to look far to find many other examples of satirical films, depicting various 'leaders' in a less than positive light. Obviously the 'self absorbed, power hungry control-freak, who leads North Korea, had other ideas. He does not want his people to see the film--a film that portrays him way closer to the truth than he would wish known to his subjugated population. If Sony gives in completely, a precedent is being set; one that must not happen. Hell, before we know it, other leaders could take a leaf out of the 'Dear Leader's Book of Tricks.' Can't you just see our John Key passing legislation forbidding any untoward depictions of his leadership? Well no, I can't because we are already doing it, although at the last election, he did take exemption to a certain song that briefly appeared on social media, or was it done on his behalf? Back to the main event---Sony, North Korea and an America response. Obama is so calm that it leads one to think that 'moves' are already afoot in regard to a response. Maybe the USA is going to 'cyber bomb' the democratic republic with endless cartoons that cannot be turned off, sort of a modern day mass brain washing. Perhaps it will take the form of a 'special edition' of the Simpsons, with a particularly galling message to the people about their leader; perhaps one in which he is made to look 'silly.' Oops, that would not present a particularly difficult challenge! The mind boggles at the possibilities, when one considers the response that the USA could bring to bear, compared to the efforts of NK. It could well be the cause of the demise of the 'difficult leader.' The only fly in the ointment?---Why---China of course! They too could well be a victim in this new age 'cyberly-challenged' times. I bet the candles are burning in more than one capital city.