Those Sony emails are none of your business: Why the Guardians of Peace hack is just another violation of privacy

National Post | News

Ever since Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by a group called Guardians of Peace, the company’s private emails and internal documents have been picked up by the media, converted into click-bait, and parcelled out daily like advent calendar chocolates. The articles have been met with either the gloating schadenfreude of the 99% watching the 1% gets its comeuppance, or the enthusiasm surrounding the latest viral sensation.

The reaction you see little of, however, is the acknowledgement that we shouldn’t be seeing any of this. These emails are private thoughts illegally obtained. They are none of our business.

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The fact that we are seeing articles about Joel McHale asking for an employee discount or producer Scott Rudin calling Angelina Jolie “minimally talented,” is because these days it’s somehow become imperative for the world to know these things. Why? As The Washington Post’s Caitlin Dewey writes: “Someone has to…

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