On North Korea:
Let’s get one thing strait. Kim Jong-Un (or whatever his name is) is a cockalorum dictator who can’t even provide food and energy to his own country. He is as shameful of a person as his haircut is horrible. Not sure what the word cockalorum means? It is a short little man who thinks highly of himself. Others might call KJU a sociopathic narcissist.
Now that it has become pretty clear his country is behind the Sony hack, we can start to analyze this situation a little better. Did we really expect a guy who can’t even sustain his own country to really be a threat to the US? Sure, he has nuclear weapons, but that is a no-win for him. There is no survivable option for North Korea if they ever use them, which equates him to the North Pacific pre-adolescent bully who still counts on his mom to sustain him.
There are no sleeper cells from North Korea in America, China want’s regional stability, and North Korea has nothing to offer Russia for their help. So what the heck are our theaters afraid of!?
On Movie Theaters:
Theaters should be taking threats seriously. But, where’s the real threat from North Korea? They don’t have the infrastructure here to do what they threatened. The theaters’ own cowardice in this situation is going to kill them. They are a slowly dying industry and the biggest advantage they have had is to offer movies first, before they are released in other formats.
The hack of Sony did two things. 1) It showed us that all companies need to be diligent with cyber security and 2) it is forcing content producers like Sony to figure out other distribution channels besides the theaters. As of the time I wrote this, Sony announced it is working with Google, YouTube, Netflix and Microsoft’s Xbox, among other online formats to release the movie. Sony appears to be happy to release this move with or without the theaters. This is a lose – lose for the theater companies.
Why The Sony Hack is Good For Consumers:
This is a huge learning event for all content producers. This is a case where Sony is being forced to move away from theaters and onto online channels faster. They might not get it figured out this time, but this will certainly be a catalyst for getting premier content to consumers cheaper, faster, and with more options than before.
For Sony, it could be a mixed bag. For consumers, the progress made at making more content come sooner at better prices is a great thing. For North Korea, they further isolate themselves from the modern world and more people will watch this film (which they are trying to keep from release) than ever before.
Capitalism wins again, even in the silly face of Kim Jong Un.