Remember the infamous Sony email leak of 2014? It happened because the government of North Korea heard that Sony was releasing "The Interview," a comedy about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Hackers from the country leaked Sony's corporate emails and threatened to bomb theaters that showed the film. Sony eventually pulled the film from theaters but released it online, and many independent theaters picked it up and screened it. The irony is that the film was lousy — it was panned by The New York Times, and has a dismal 52 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But because it was central to such a dramatic controversy, many, many more people watched the movie than would have otherwise. That's the Streisand effect: the phenomenon by which something you try to cover up becomes even more visible than it was in the first place.
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Written by Ashley Hamer April 7, 2017
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