A lot of what I do on a daily basis is media, news, or press related. And tonight, one of my favorite writers in all of television and film, Aaron Sorkin, spoke out in response to all of the buzz regarding the Sony Hacks, which happened as a result of plans to release “The Interview”. The film, which has become quite the controversy thanks to its theme of assassinating the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un, has been on every social media platform and news front page. And whether you support or protest the decision to not release the film this Christmas, take Sorkin’s thoughts to heart. While many are in an uproar that we’re allowing another country to bully us in our entertainment choices, let’s stop and think about our own people that are scavenging the depths of the internet to find out who dogged who in a private email or which celebrity spent the most on an Academy awards afterparty. I believe in good journalism and I stick up for great writers, but do we point the fingers at the “professional news networks” that are out looking for content like they just got hired on TMZ, or do we step in front of our own finger as the people who are clicking the links that lead to the spread of this content that should hardly be called such?
“If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel.”
Read the entire New York Times article here.