As bad as Sony's cave-in, though, is the ridiculously false "shock" at the hackers' success in exposing the emails. There is incredible naiveté from everyone involved.
This is about your right as an American to produce and consume political, artistic and social expression without governmental terrorism and censorship, in this case North Korea's. This includes your right to choose to see potentially dumb and distasteful films, as well your right not to see it.
The problem with granting heckler's vetoes over speech is that it incentivizes threats of disruption or violence from the least tolerant members of our society.
I find it more than a little ironic that as we wring our collective hands over the interrogation tactics used by the U.S. intelligence community, we are sitting idly by while attackers unknown are torturing and holding hostage an American company.
What Sony has yet to recognize is the opportunity that was inadvertently handed to them by North Korea. Consumer awareness of the film has skyrocketed ever since Sony was hacked in retaliation for the film, which led to further threats to Sony, theaters and theater goers.
EIT - Enhanced Interrogation Techniques. This is the CIA's swell euphemism for torture. It's also a portable concept that can be applied to other noxi...
What is important is that these hacks presage what is going to happen for years to come and at far greater cost than what is being imposed on Sony. The weaponization of code is the most significant development in warfare since the weaponization of fissile material.
If indeed it was North Korea that hacked Sony Pictures? This is a massive cyber-crime carried out by a pariah state against a US company.
Below is the original version of the Meet the Press interview before Cheney's people threatened Todd with a very cold, wet death if he didn't destroy it and re-interview him. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un's hackers were able to locate the original and make it public.
We still have some time left in 2014, and while I work on a "list" for 2015, now it's time to take a deep breath, review last year's predictions and see how I did.
According to Hollywood insiders, the story for the next Spider-Man movie -- which will be known as The Amazing Respected Comrade and Supreme Leader Spider-Man -- will involve hero Peter Parker, played by Kim Jong-un.
Rather than simply be read as celebrations of individual freedom, these novels ought to be understood as critiques of a divided Korea.
Mark Greaney, co-author with the late Tom Clancy, of three previous Jack Ryan novels, now has written Full Force and Effect, a novel demonstrating prescience about world events.
In the life of the church, Advent is a season of waiting -- waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is also a season of hope as the church lives in the hope that Jesus brings. Throughout our lives, we experience seasons of waiting of differing time periods and intensities.
Every strategy toward the DPRK so far seems to have failed. Anything adopted is likely to be only a second best. However, today even second best would be a major step forward. It's time for Washington to try something different.