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Might as well take the rant about The Interview over here.

So yeah. I hear the arguments that this is Sacred Free Speech and we have to militantly defend it even when the target seems trivial, once you pay the Danegeld, blah blah blah...

But I also can't help being reminded of 9/11, and my conviction that al-Qaeda's big goal and big triumph wasn't killing 3,000 Americans or destroying major pieces of infrastructure, it was sending us into a huge overreactive militant paranoia that still makes us see imaginary threats everywhere and corrodes our civil society. The horrible triumph of both Al-Qaeda and Kim Jong Il is that they attacked something relatively small and saved themselves tremendous resources by getting a reaction as if this heralded a new Age of Ubiquitous Terror, an age we all know damn well never really came and never will.

Let me put it this way. If I were a spoiled Little Lord Fauntleroy of a dictator who (unlike KJU) possessed the tactical mind of a Sun Tzu, the first thing I would do to America is see how little of a provocation it takes to make them respond to me. The more energy and indignation goes into the result, the better, because that's time they're not devoting to something genuinely valuable. If I could just find some absolutely trivial thing and make it seem far, far more important to them than it ever was, while much more important matters fall by the wayside... wouldn't you call that a net psyops victory?

KJU doesn't give a fuck about blowing up our stuff and he doesn't hate our free speech. All he cares about is keeping us on the hook. Hollow threats are North Korea's entire stock in trade, and this is just one more method of distracting, annoying, and stirring up his enemies.

But -- and this is a lesson I've taken a very long time to learn in real life -- sometimes letting go of a hollow provocation, taking the path of least resistance, and Letting Baby Have His Way is the most mature decision. Sony failed utterly at this and deserves criticism, but you know... let's not compound the general panic by convincing outselves this film is really important now and deserves a tremendous amount of our concern?

Americans are just terrible at picking our battles, especially with a goddamn Twitter client whispering in our ear. But I have no fear whatsoever that this will create a chilling effect among anything that really matters. Hell, the NK regime probably won't EXIST in ten years. The only thing worth defending here is free speech itself -- and I think I want a MUCH stronger test case than a bad film already on its last promotional legs. It's like terrorists blowing up a building that was already condemned and uninhabited -- yeah, it's kind of galling, but almost funny in a way...

Sony and its kind were never going to be our allies in saying anything really meaningful and defiant about the world -- whenever they've released a product with artistic value, it's been totally incidental to its commercial value. Yeah, Hollywood is going to be pretty cowardly about criticizing KJU for a while... but WHO GIVES A FUCK? WE ALREADY KNEW THESE PEOPLE WERE GREEDY COWARDS, AND THEY ARE ONLY A PREDOMINANT VOICE IN AMERICAN CULTURE BECAUSE WE LET THEM BE. And that includes by pretending the loss of their products really hurts us very much.

So if you're going to get angry about this, don't champion Sony and this juvenile fartblob of a film. Champion the independent artists who are going to try to say something meaningful about North Korea.

You know what really pisses me off? You know how much attention and sympathy this shitty comedy -- already a hair's breadth from getting canned -- is probably going to get Sony? Tons. You know how much of that attention and sympathy is going to splash off onto serious filmmakers and journalists trying to document conditions in North Korea? Fuck all.

Please don't contribute to this process. Support real art, not commodity comedy. If you have a problem with Sony getting censored, MAKE SOME ANTI-TOTALITARIAN ARTWORK AND RELEASE IT. Don't make this hack film into a cause celebre. Pick. Your. Damn. Battles.

Date: 2014-12-18 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] houraipeach
Lessons I have learned from years of playing Civilization: sometimes, the very best response to people you've reduced to low-grade, irrelevant buffer states flinging insults is to ignore them completely and go about your own business. Most of the time, it's not even worth denouncing them. You gotta play this shit like Jay-Z: someone tries to start beef, you just continue being BETTER THAN THEM and don't even pretend to respond.

Date: 2014-12-18 08:20 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] houraipeach
Or Russia. Is an unpopular war with the Ukraine reaaaaaaally something you should have your military be doing when you're suffering severe oil shortages and budget overruns?

Date: 2014-12-19 01:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mmsword
The oddest thing I found about this isn't anything to do with the movie directly but the reaction/counter reaction to theaters who already had showings planned for that movie re-routing to Team America: World Police and Paramount saying "No" to that. I mean um... It's already in the bargain bin DVD pile, it's a bit late to mollify NK rage at a shitty puppet movie getting rebroadcast.


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