A. Barton Hinkle: Watch The Interview and Stand Up for Freedom

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“Every joke is a tiny revolution,” said Orwell, which helps explain why the belated release of The Interview is a big dealâ€"not world-historical, certainly, but worth celebrating nonetheless. As A. Barton Hinkle explains, the episode may turn out to be a useful learning experience. It gave Americans a whiff, albeit a very faint one, of what life under totalitarian rule is like: Dare to say something the Maximum Leader doesn’t like, and suddenly you, your family, and your friends are all facing the possibility of a hideous death.