The Controversial Philosophy Behind Franco's The Interview

December 18, 2014 3:22 PM

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Many people awoke this morning (December 18th) stunned to discover that not only had North Korea been "centrally involved" in hackers threatening a "9/11-style attack" on U.S. soil in protest of the James Franco film The Interview, but in fact Sony Pictures had responded to this threat by pulling the film entirely. If many of us felt this was something that had never before happened in America -- that this kind of threat should be issued in this way, over this kind of film, with this kind of reaction by the film's studio backers -- that's because it's true: this is new territory for America.

The obvious question, then, is why? Why did this happen now, and why in reaction to this particular film? The answer is a complicated one, but the short version is this: The Interview, written by Franco pal Seth Rogen, is informed by metamodernism, a new cultural paradigm with which Franco has often...

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