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Sony Pulls The Interview Movie

A Blow to Freedom of Expression? Or a smart business move?

A massive hack into Sony Picture's computer system, followed by threats of violence in the movie theaters, has led  Sony to cancel its distribution of a new movie, The Interview, a whacky fictional story of an assasination of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un.

How do you feel about this? Do you think this threatens our freedom of expression? What precedent does it set? Or are Sony and the movie chains taking the sane, responsible path?

SPROUT a story below. Use the tag: The Interview

BACKGROUND: A week or so ago, Sony Pictures had its computer system hacked -- confidential files and emails were distributed to news outlets and personal information as well as confidential financial information was released on the Web. The attack is believed to have originated from government of North Korea, which is the subject of the movie -- a whacky, fictional story of two reporters (played by James Franco and Seth Rogen) who are recruited to assissainate North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

After the computer hack, and as the movie was about to open, the same group that claimed responsibility for the computer hack, threatened physical violence. Soon, major movie chains pulled the movie from 19,200 theaters and Sony decided to cancel distribution of the movie.

The movie chains didn't want to threaten the safety of their moviegoers during Christmas (and didn't want people to stay away in droves). Sony saw its distribution network evaporating and didn't want to precipitate injury to moviegoers (and maybe also knew what rumors had intimated: The movie was a dud.)

What do you think? Should the movie have been pulled? Do you think this will make it easier for other cyberhackers to curb distribution of controversial movies?

SHOUT OUT! Click the Sprout a Story button below and have at it. Tell this community what you think.



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And while you're at it....

And while you're at it....

ESSAY CONTEST. Get famous with Bernie!

The esteemed U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, wants your view of the State of the Union, a.k.a. the United States. How is the country doing? Are we in good shape? What issues are on the top of your mind?  Do you think Congress/the president/the government is doing a good job? Why or why not? NOW is your chance!

Sen. Sanders is seeking 250-500 word essays. Make them crisp and to the point. Justify your position. Think the rich are getting too rich? Think we made a mistake pulling out of Iraq? Think Congress bickers too much? Think there is a racial divide in this country? Think we should do more about global warming, homelessness, schools? Or do you think we're doing a good job, all in all? Have at it!

Deadline: January 9, 2015

SUBMIT HERE: sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion (and post a copy here, too!)

Call 800-339-9834 for more info.

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YWP's Third Thursday Series! TONIGHT!

imageYoung Writers Project Third Thursday series is back! Monthly storytelling, poetry and even music.


TONIGHT, December 18

5 p.m. workshop: SLAM POETRY with Geof Hewitt!

6 p.m. PIZZA, 6:30 SLAM.

WHERE: Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, VT.

FREE! Donations always welcome.

RSVP in the comments or here!


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It's HERE! NEW issue of The Voice!

NEW: December Issue of The Voice of Young Writers Project!

Congratulations to all who have been selected, and thank you for your contributions. Enjoy! Make sure to read all the way to the last page, you'll be glad you did.



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Cubital Vein


She cradled my arm

like an infant and told me

I had nice veins. Refused

to look up, her body quiet and


Turned my wrist skywards,

looking and looking.

There was nothing I could think of

to say.

She traced the blue, followed it

to my fingertips, and back again

to the hollow where it was easy

to harvest.

Pressed down, like she was trying to stop me

from leaking. She looked


So very determined.

Nice veins, she repeats, and releases me. Read more »

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Where Can We Find You?

Hey writers,

As you may know, one of our goals is to put your work out in front of a wide audience. Making you famous, if you would. We do a slew of things to make this happen... as you can see here. You are in newspapers, radio programs, storytelling websites, online magazines, on stage, in book stores, all across social media... but what else can we do?

Where would you like to see a piece of your writing? Other than the places we already put your work, what else coud we do that would get you excited? Where would you notice your writing? Where would other people notice it?

Related question... Where can we find you? We want to let you know about opportunities we're offering, and get more kids involved in our decision making process. How can we make sure you'll notice us? Don't forget about us!

And just to prove how old we are, here's a link to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ywpvt/

I know, facebook is so 2008, but it's a great place for us to discuss the site with the outside world, and those we invite in. So there's the link to our discussion group on Bookface. Read more »

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remember the day we bought the balloons

and let them go into the air?

and you wondered where they'd end up

in the ocean, the ground, or up there


tell me, where are they now?

you have got to know

where are all the lost balloons?

what happens when a child lets go?


did you get the one I sent you?

I watched it float up through the sky Read more »


There-the Moon-lies straight ahead


There - the Moon - lies straight ahead
Frigid air, the roadway clear
The path is lined with horrid sin
Here I go - does No One care?
Pass the Fraud, the Theft, the Pain
Swaying in the winter's wind,
I see those wretched Fields of Grain
Mocking me, my Light is dim.

What A Mess!!

Today is my first day as a reporter and I am so nervous. I am seriously sweating bullets right now, no pun intended. I then heard the bell go off Read more »




Part one: Koraan


            I stop running, out of breath. It seems that the Benzar has given up chase. Distant explosions inform me that my gasoline-in-the-abandoned-fireworks-store scheme worked. I lean back against a demolished building and breathe a sigh of relief. Read more »


The Blue Door

The Blue Door

This morning was just another normal day, but I had a feeling that it wouldn’t end up the way I expected. I brushed my long blond hair and put on my favorite neon pink t-shirt. Then I did other morning things and headed out the door.

It was cold and windy, but the blue skies were bright and filled with white fluffy clouds. Just another gorgeous winter day in Vermont. But today was different. I wasn’t really sure why either, until I walked by the small gray shed behind the baseball field on my way to school. There was a blue door. I had an overwhelming feeling that it wasn’t there yesterday. As a matter of fact, I know it wasn’t there yesterday. Read more »

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