Tuesday, November 02, 2004


According (at one remove) to South Korea's Yonhap News
North Korea on Tuesday urged its people to be armed against foreign liberal culture, saying the "bourgeois wave" is a psychological tactic by the United States aimed at destroying the Pyongyang regime. The U.S. "is trying to send in obscene publications and discrepant rogue recordings using travellers, and worse, mini-radios and televisions using balloons," Minju Chosun, the North Korean Cabinet's journal, said in its latest publication,
This caught my eye in light of Ken Quinones's statements about changing North Korea one mind at a time with DVD's, magazines and the like. It is apparent that some in P'yongyang are aware of the subversive potential of Western media.

1 comment:

Reese Davidson said...

I was surprised when Ken Quinones talked about bringing Western material into North Korea (such as the United Airlines inflight magazine)....I would have thought that North Korea would be very careful not to let him bring such things in.

But it is a fantastic method of winning the hearts and minds of the people, something we seem to be failing at in Iraq. Even if it takes years to do/transform North Korea, it is a peaceful process and one that would work better than military weapons.