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Fairness Doctrine, Korean Version

5 Jan

Seoul doesn’t need a “pro-American” president, because it uncannily marches in lockstep with its nemesis on the high-profile issues, like dredging up the Fairness Doctrine. Case-in-point: netizen whining about an “evil” broadcasting bill.

Conglomerates are already taking over all sectors, hospitals, electronics, communications, manufacture, automobiles, ships, chemistry, textile, distribution, and so on. If they control broadcasting, we will live as slaves of those companies. As we know, conglomerates have cozy relations with politicians. If they take over broadcasting, who will talk about them? Broadcasting has the duty to report the truth to us. However, they will talk following the tastes of those companies and will walk for the government. If there are groups that don’t follow their rules, they will destroy them.

True Translation: “Spineless netizens, shriek for the dying of our monopoly on worthless opinions!

Brendan Carr sees clearly.

It’s a silly debate, anyway, about the newspapers being able to purchase and control broadcast media. Both newsprint and broadcast are dead in America, and I can’t imagine that Korea will somehow be immune from the tectonic shift taking place elsewhere. The newspapers see a move into broadcasting as a survival gambit, but it’s the shortest of short-term plays — like the Lusitania sailing to the rescue of the Titanic.

Please, be my guest, chaebol owners, destroy yourselves!

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Hollywood Advances to Next Korean Level of Awareness

22 Nov

The sixth episode, “Say Uncle”, of CSI‘s ninth season focused on the one-block Koreatown in Las Vegas. Both my wife and I were subdued after watching it, both wondering if HIV, extortion gangs, prostitutes, and flipped-out North Korean refugees were all Hollywood could write about. OK, playing dumb with the cops was understandable, if not entirely laudable. I always respond in German to evangelicals in Busan, or claim I’m Jewish.

Still, beyond the two generations-old trot music, the accents were correct. The last television episode with Korean dialogue, The West Wing‘s “Han“, featured North Korean characters speaking in southern accents. Hollywood is also more adept at finding appropriate talent, even if it hasn’t learned about Korean names from them.

I’ll have to get back with student reaction after I show this episode for a film class in January.

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Total Shock

17 Jun

It’s humbling, but . After all, it’s called Meet the Press, not "Screw the Pol". I always enjoyed the back end of the program more than the opening arguments, and "…a roster of different panelists, of whom two or three might be on any given episode depending on who the guests are and what’s big in the news at the moment." would put the national media right where it should be."

"." If for no other reason than the media is reluctant to make itself the story, or expose its guts to its subscribers.

Excuse me now, I have to vomit.

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