Sunday, March 31, 2013

North Korea


This is the kind of propaganda you will see in North Korea. I've been following this lightly, realizing that this is being pushed to build an army. What are your thoughts? Is this kind of manipulation completely isolated?

8 comments:

  1. This stuff is pretty crazy. i wish someone would translate the captions though. I was watching the news last night and they were saying something along the lines of 'oh he doesn't want to attack (the united states). He is using this situation as a boost in national pride'... then they mentioned that they don't even show any outside news in north korea. All of the news is North Korean only. That would make sense though why they would believe that they would be winning a war against us.

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  2. I've also been following this situation and I think it's actually pretty serious (but then again I've been receiving most of my information from television news). However I am concerned because the dictator of North Korea is only 28 years old so he's obviously selfish, immature, and unstable. Apparently once he became the country's leader he fired all of the generals in his military that were against going to war with the U.S. But onto the subject of the media and propaganda. Using the media as propaganda isn't something new. The U.S. did it in World War II with documentaries like "Why We Fight" and films like "Casablanca." And we saw in class how news coverage of the Iraq war acted like propaganda by completely siding with the war instead of being critical of it. The media is a powerful tool and when I see videos like the North Korea military propaganda video it makes me believe that North Korea does intend to go to war. In other words, media propaganda is like the preheating the oven function of war.

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  3. I think this kind of propaganda happens everywhere in varying degrees. From an outsider's viewpoint (albeit with a language barrier), we see nothing more than a country trying to flex its muscles to show how dominant they are. However, from a citizen's viewpoint, you would probably be inspired by this ad because it reinforces your North Korean worldviews.

    This kind of propaganda reminds me of the pro-war patriotism that quickly spread in the US after 9/11. As with all effective rhetoric, there is a time and a place for successful propaganda. We may not even recognize it when it happens.

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  4. I agree with Ace. I don't think this is an isolated issue at all though North Korea is a special circumstance in that their people can be manipulated more easily than in other countries because they don't have access to much that could refute the claims. Propaganda happens everywhere and sometimes it can be incredibly beneficial.

    It's amazing how much this type of propaganda can motivate people and I think it just means that we have to be careful what we are watching and what we believe without proof.

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  5. I agree with what has been said in that propaganda is everywhere. This example is not isolated, and is a great example of how powerful media can be. I'd be interested to see what public discourse about this propaganda is. Regardless, it is an example of people taking advantage of film's capabilities to promote a message that rallies the people. Propaganda has been seen plenty of times, yet somehow this feels a bit different.

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  6. I don't see anything wrong with promoting patriotism in your own country. I think we'll see that Americans do the same in many different degrees. Although this video is suggesting something threatening to the U.S, I believe that other countries could watch "The Few, the Proud" commercials the USA airs on television and feel threatened, too.

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  7. I agree with a lot of what has been said here. Propaganda is everywhere and it normally is motivational for whoever it is watching or reading it for whatever it is covering. I mean we are exposed to what we would consider propaganda all the time, but others really believe in what we may not. Such as this video. For the watchers they would more than likely agree (I am making an assumption here) with what they are saying (wish we could all know what they are saying) while just based on the videos and images we as Americans see, we automatically disagree with what they are trying to motivate with. At least this is the reaction I had. Anyways propaganda is never going to stop, but I think being aware is the key in what motivates us or turns us off (though not all of us have access to this I realize).

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  8. I agree with the people that agree with people that agree with what was said here. Propaganda is certainly everywhere, even in 'Merica. North Korea just represents an extreme case of it, because their government is corrupt as hell and all. I think it's important to remain conscious and critical of the information presented to us, we need to ask ourselves, "is this really the truth?"

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