As of Monday, January 5, 2015
If you’re of a certain age you probably remember Siskel & Ebert. They were portly, unremarkable film critics from Chicago until they hit it big on TV with their movie review show.
Once that happened, well, their collective “thumbs up” could get a small-budget movie much-needed exposure or create box-office smash buzz for a flick.
Siskel & Ebert are long gone.
But in 2015 America is taking its film-going cues from another portly, unremarkable critic – Kim Jong Un.
Whether it was the North Korean dictator or his supporters, the Sony hack and ensuing threats only served to make a so-so movie an Internet sensation.
You know the story by now: Sony pulls “The Interview” from theatrical release only to later stream on-line and show in select cinemas.
People were outraged – even our President weighed in. Watching “The Interview” suddenly became a patriotic act. Sony says in one day it made something like $15 million from on-line sales and rentals of “The Interview.”
It’s shaping up to be a smash hit…which got me to thinking.
The fast track to media success in this new age is apparently as simple as ticking off Kim Jong Un.
Get him or his masses mad, then sit back as North Korea’s Keystone Kops turn you into a sympathetic hero…and an overnight sensation.
- Create a podcast blasting Un’s fashion sense….the bowl cut, the rumpled uni, the horror!
- Write a book…who among us doesn’t dream of authoring the next best seller? In your tome take Un to task for everything…you know stuff like starving his people while running a sham of a government.
- Get geeky. Start a hilarious blog lambasting Un and his country’s technological ineptitude…North Korean made “smart phones” that aren’t, rocket launches petering out in fantastic failure.
Get busy! The year of Un is here – the Un year? – and his Media Mogulness won’t be kept waiting.