It was a remarkable and disorienting turn of events: a tiny,
failing state that lacks the wherewithal to feed its own people
was deciding which movies we can and cannot see, while the
industry it had attacked watched silently from the sidelines, and
the president of the United States felt compelled to step into an
international confrontation catalyzed by a lowbrow comedy. […]
The threats and subsequent cancellation will become a nightmare
with a very long tail. Now that cultural discourse has become the
subject of online blackmail, it is hard to imagine where it will
end. Documentaries, which have become increasingly important
sources of news and information, could suddenly be in jeopardy.
And if you’ve been watching the current season of “Homeland” on
Showtime, you know that Pakistan’s more sinister operations have
been on wide view.