Beware of the Streisand Effect Kim Jong Un
Recently, the United States of America claimed that the cyber attack on Sony was the work of the North Korean government. This is denied by the DPRC. However, whoever did do this does appear to be sympathetic to the North Korean cause – with the North Korean government calling it a “Righteous act”.
North Koreans were apparently deeply upset with a movie Sony was choosing to release called “The Interview” – A work of fiction where two Americans travel to North Korea to interview Mr King Jong-un and are hired by the CIA to assassinate
Cinemas wanting to show the movie were threatened with “9/11 style” retaliation. Causing many larger cinema chains to decide not to show the movie. At this stage President Obama decided to step in and criticize Sony for choosing not to release the film (a decision that has now been reversed.)
I had the privilege of seeing the movie last night and I have to say – I quite enjoyed it. I’d give it a 7.5/10. I also felt that in fairness Kim Jong-un didn’t come across too bad really. I probably wouldn’t have actually bothered to pay to see this movie. This got me thinking that this plan to disrupt viewers from seeing the movie might actually have quite the opposite effect. Something known as the Streisand effect.
The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.
It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California inadvertently drew further public attention to it. Here is a copy of that photo:
Should you wish to see The Interview – there are a range of options available to you – you can go to a range of cinemas – stream it online via most major online services.
However, if you don’t happen to live in the USA – you might need to go to a torrent site to find the movie – it’s there in HD for your viewing pleasure.
If you live in North Korea – you may need to wait until the internet starts working again properly. They appear to be having issues with their connectivity at the moment.