Why we’re not reporting anything from the Sony Hack scandal
While our competitors have been posting stories and rumors that have generated from the hacking of the Sony corporate network, we have been avoiding posting anything that was stolen during the hack. We’re not delusional; we know that there’s very little honor amongst webmasters and if you can generate an extra ten thousand hits from posting the SPECTRE script, then that’s your choice. But we liken it to the celebrity nude photo scandal. Sure, every straight male would like to see a topless photo of Jennifer Lawrence, but there’s something dirty, perverted and maybe even criminal about seeing it without her permission. The same goes for reading hacked Sony emails, leaked scripts or franchise plans; yes, I’d like to know what they have in store for Bond and Spider-Man, but not like this.
We don’t know who was behind the hack, but whether it was North Korea, or some teenager in Idaho, the fact is the information was taken illegally and everything stolen is pure rumor at this point. We see the sites that are writing random stories insinuating the hacks revealed plot details to Star Wars or plans for various franchises, but the fact is that those are private emails between random executives and stars and mean nothing.
Writing something like this lends itself to being preachy, but that’s not what we’re trying to be. We understand the competitive world of movie news (or all news for that matter) and we also understand that there’s no benefit to taking our position. However, we think it’s wrong and we’re not going to take part in it.