An Act of War? The Interview Affair, the Sony Hack, and the Hollywood-Washington Nexus Today

Tony Shaw, Tricia Jenkins

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Abstract

Film has been an integral part of the propaganda war fought between the United States and North Korea over the past decade. The international controversy surrounding the Hollywood comedy The Interview in 2014 vividly demonstrated this and, in the process, drew attention to hidden dimensions of the US state security–entertainment complex in the early twenty-first century. Using the emails leaked courtesy of the Sony hack of late 2014, this article explores the Interview affair in detail, on the one hand revealing the close links between Sony executives and US foreign-policy advisers and on the other explaining the difficulties studios face when trying to balance commercial and political imperatives in a global market.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of American Studies
Volume53
Issue number1
Early online date26 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019

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