The Sony Hacks Demonstrate How Vulnerable America’s Attention Span Really Is
There is one alarming thing that should have every American concerned as it pertains to the Sony hack. As with any cyberattack, different things will strike people in different ways, but one in particular is worth noting. For whatever reason, nobody is noting it, yet.
It’s not that North Korea was able to hack into Sony’s system. Chances are that their security protocols were not exceptionally strict.
It’s not that Sony executives make racist jokes about the President.
It’s not that George Clooney is self-conscious about reviews, that Will Smith’s kids are an embarrassment in the eyes of the studio, or that Channing Tatum is more idiotic and immature than the characters he portrays.
The most alarming thing about the Sony hacks is that they’re such big news in America. Drudge has the news currently superseding the hostage situation in Australia. Chatter around the various water coolers at offices around the country won’t surround the Turkish crackdown on journalists, the controversial rape story at the University of Virginia, or the resignation of Haiti’s Prime Minister. They will be discussing Sony’s feelings about Leonardo DiCaprio abandoning the Steve Jobs project.
America’s biggest weakness isn’t financial, political, or criminal. It’s simply about attention span. We have none. We like our tabloid journalism and that puts us at risk.