The Messy Media Ethics Behind The Sony Hacks

The Messy Media Ethics Behind The Sony Hacks

The gray area where the leaked information resides — between public and private, prurient and illuminating — might not be the exception, but the new normal. View this image › Sony / Chris Ritter / BuzzFeed In the past few days, I’ve seen the email addresses of dozens of stars. I’ve seen the Amazon order histories of executives. I’ve seen the carefully laid-out breast-feeding diet of a senior VP. I’ve seen the ebullience and joy with which a famous director and the head of Sony talk about the future of filmmaking. It’s inarguably juicy, but what fascinated me more were all the documents over which my media studies colleagues — a group of which I was, until leaving for BuzzFeed, an active member — would salivate. I saw memos that could alter global film market research, I read interactions between stars and producers, and about stars and their value, that […]

No Matter Where You Go On Earth, Here Are 12 Reasons Never To Visit North Korea.

No Matter Where You Go On Earth, Here Are 12 Reasons Never To Visit North Korea.

There’s no way to sugar coat it. DON’T VISIT NORTH KOREA. Those travel obsessed friends of yours probably have their heart set on visiting every country in the world. However, we’re here to tell you North Korea might just be one you want to skip. Seriously, these 12 reasons are EXACTLY why, and they’re anything but travel photo worthy… 1.) Electricity (or lack thereof). Heavy See that one random light sitting by itself? That’s the capital city of Pyongyang. Here, the country’s “elite” have regular access to electricity (for only 2-3 hours a day), but anywhere else and you don’t even have wires going to your hut. 2.) Arms Dealing With BAD People. Listverse Caught many times selling guns, ammunition, and even nuclear components to rouge states and generally bad people, North Korea is definitely the bad kid on the block. For example, in 2012 the UN seized a North Korean shipment […]

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

These Illegally Obtained Photos Prove That Normalcy Can Be Just As Chilling As Chaos

When we think about North Korea, “mundanity” isn’t a concept that typically comes to mind. We ideate scenes of oppression and social injustice. Our minds fill with imagined horrors built with the brick and mortar of news footage and legacy media. And that makes sense, since atrocity is the thread that weaves together every scrap of the North Korean experience. It’s the cultural tie that binds. But when photographer Michal Huniewicz illegally documented his time in the country, the resulting collection revealed an image of North Korean life that twists seemingly innocuous imagery into a haunting spectacle of everyday life lived under oppression’s thumb. We don’t often picture grocery checkout lines, hotel lobbies, and tour buses. We don’t picture life happening in a nation shrouded in mystery and removal. Michal Huniewicz But it does. Families congregate around TVs playing approved programming. Mothers buy food at the local supermarket. Receptionists check […]

Dennis Rodman can’t contain glee over reunion with BFF Kim Jong Un [pics]

Dennis Rodman can’t contain glee over reunion with BFF Kim Jong Un [pics]

http://twitter.com/#!/dguttenfelder/status/420066025434918913 “Flair”? If by “flair” you mean “reckless disregard for human suffering,” then yes. Rodman’s got pantloads of flair. The ex-NBA star is back in North Korea for his bestie Kim Jong Un’s 31st birthday, and this time, he’s brought some friends with him. http://twitter.com/#!/Stone_SkyNews/status/420090922622533632 http://twitter.com/#!/hohocho/status/420095858638479360 Brutal dictatorships are hilarious! http://twitter.com/#!/dguttenfelder/status/420103516963631104 http://twitter.com/#!/mpspavor/status/420140955748933632 http://twitter.com/#!/mpspavor/status/420143347802447872 How nice for the Ministry. Meanwhile, the regular citizens of North Korea are apparently not entitled to such simple kindnesses. http://twitter.com/#!/mpspavor/status/420143532171481088 That’s more food than most North Koreans could dream of. Shame on Rodman. Shame on all who show love and respect to a man who oppresses his people. *** Update: ‘Deeply stupid’: Anderson Cooper slams Dennis Rodman over North Korea ignorance *** Update: In case you need video proof of Rodman’s utter stupidity: http://twitter.com/#!/mollymhunter/status/420284240752689152 *** Related: Worm-tastic: Dennis Rodman thrilled to be in North Korea, meet Kim Jong-Un; Update: PSY responds to Rodman Mia Farrow wishes she was […]

No One Was Supposed To Take These Photos. Fortunately, One Brave Guy Took Them Anyway.

No One Was Supposed To Take These Photos. Fortunately, One Brave Guy Took Them Anyway.

Most people know that North Korea is a frightening and strange country, but these photos from photographer Eric Lafforgue show an even darker side to the country that most people don’t know about. Eric has bravely explored North Korea six times, sneaking back photographic evidence of his trip. He was able to get these photos out of the country by smuggling digital memory cards past the borders of the Communist country. It was dangerous, but we think well worth it. These are incredibly eye-opening. “I was banned after my last trip in September 2012 when I published some photos on the web. The North Koreans saw them and asked me to delete them as they judged them too offensive. I refused as I thought it was unfair not to show the reality of the country.” Eric Lafforgue The photos are honest, but show a side to the country that is […]