The Sony Hacking Part 2: The Plot Sickens

First up, the first published analysis of how The Interview is doing in its novel  simultaneous release. The answer seems to be, it’s doing better than the average Indy release, but pretty crap for a Hollywood flick that might, in different circumstances, been able to look forward to a full release on 3000 screens.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/26/the-interview-theaters-on-demand_n_6383452.html

Likelihood of profitability for a production that cost only 40 million (a very modest Hollywood budget), less than zero.

So anyone who thinks Sony orchestrated all this brouhaha just so they could get their leg over at the box office … please pause for a reality check.

And now, the plot thickens …

If you’re like me and don’t believe in coincidences, sift through this next link and ask yourself if there isn’t a very interesting pattern showing in the shadows.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/23/googles_driveby_shooting_of_jim_hood_takes_out_key_critic/

Private information gleaned from the hacking was used to create misinformation for a propaganda campaign intended to discredit an elected official who has been quite rightly hounding Goliath over matters of genuine legal impropriety.

“In my 10 years as attorney general, I have dealt with a lot of large corporate wrongdoers. I must say that yours is the first I have encountered to have no corporate conscience for the safety of its customers, the viability of its fellow corporations or the negative economic impact on the nation which has allowed your company to flourish.”

And then they sued him. Shock and awe. For the first time in history, we have a supra national entity which thinks it is above the law, and is fully prepared to throw its weight around. 

What’s really at stake here? Quite simply, it’s Goliath’s business model. And the amoral, conscienceless way they choose to pursue it. Anything that makes money for Goliath is … okay. Anything that stops them making even more money is … not okay.

As per the terrifying metaphor in David Eggers prescient novel, The Circle, what we have here is the multinational corporation as a voracious electric shark, devouring every single living thing in its tank.

https://ncadd.org/in-the-news/1087-google-isnt-doing-enough-to-stop-illegal-drug-sales-online-some-attorneys-general-say

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/google-faces-new-pressure-from-states-to-crack-down-on-illegal-online-drug-sales/2014/04/15/6dfc61fa-be6d-11e3-b195-dd0c1174052c_story.html

http://www.inforocked.com/e-commerce-news/70-google-settles-another-lawsuit-regarding-illegal-drug-sales

About Costa Botes

I'm a freelance film maker based in Wellington, New Zealand. I make mainly long form independent documentaries about characters I find interesting.
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2 Responses to The Sony Hacking Part 2: The Plot Sickens

  1. prkralex says:

    There are many hackers, individuals, and groups around the world who hack for reconnaissance, espionage, oh, and to improve systems and make them stronger.

    Those who actually fall under the umbrella of Anonymous oftentimes reference themselves as “hacktivists” or activist hackers. Oftentimes when a hack is reported, many people are quick to suggest that Anonymous could be behind it, but that’s not normally the case. There are many hackers, individuals, and groups around the world who hack for reconnaissance, espionage, oh, and to improve systems and make them stronger.

    • Costa Botes says:

      Yes, I understand this. To make them stronger? Like gentleman burglars, who can’t abide the laxity of their fellow citizens security, so they make sure that if anything bad can happen, they’ll make it happen. Because, hey, then security will be improved.

      Because it’s all about security, isn’t it? Yeah, right.

      I don’t think so. I think it’s like the kid who pisses in the pool when nobody is looking, because – hey – because he can.

      I don’t think the Sony hack was perpetrated by people trying to make the world a better or safer place.

      There are three more compelling explanations. The hackers were either:

      Striking on behalf of a sensitive megalomaniac
      Carrying out a devious conspiracy to cripple Hollywood’s business model
      Or: stirring shit for the hell of it.

      I would suggest there is something grievously broken in the mind and heart of any individual who truly believes they are doing good by creating havoc. In the words of some long forgotten wise person, they should consider getting a life.

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