Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Should media use hacked Sony e-mails?

How do you feel about the juicy Hollywood tidbits being reported by media outlets as a result of Sony Pictures being hacked? I for one am conflicted.

In a nutshell the Hollywood, pop culture and mainstream press are reporting stories using documents possibly likely stolen by the North Korean government. From quips about President Obama to how much Kevin Hart gets paid for tweets the leaks have led to one embarrassment after another for Sony.

The screening of the movie "The Interview' amid in the face of threats is whole 'nother matter.

As a general rule the press is willing to use stolen documents if the news value of the story warrants it. In many instances, I’m not sure the value of the story, say one reveling Sony execs think Adam Sandler is an a-hole, meets any reasonable standard.

But at the same time, as someone interesting in film, the leaks provide candor seldom shared with the outside world. Largely in the name of protecting the commercial interest in the movie, Hollywood types rarely air their grievances publicly. So in effect we never see how the soup gets made or that the chief was replaced mid-meal.

Brad Pitt, Aaron Sorkin and Seth Rogan have been critical of the media's use of the hacked emails and now Sony has threaten to sue twitter over hacked tweets.  

Yesterday’s Gawker post about a reply-all chain argument about the Gaza Strip, featuring Russell Simmons, sent to Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Ryan Seacrest is a prime example.

What do I really care? And yet there I was clicking away. It’s like sneaking peek at the pretty girl changing clothes behind your back. You’re not supposed to look, but it so hard to resist.  

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