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A New Definition of National Borders

Posted by Brian on February 28, 2005

There’s an absolutely ridiculuous advertisement on page 9 of today’s Korea Herald that features some of the worst rah-rah nationalism ever exploited by a Korean company.

Just for some background, a while back someone at KTF thought it might be useful to extend their wireless service to cover the Dok Island (aka Dokdo). It was a largely symbolic move, of course, as the island is largely uninhabited, save for a token contingent of soldiers (there to ward off the Japanese invasion, I guess). With that done, KTF set into motion an “highly-charged, nationalistic” ad campaign boasting of their coverage there, and the ads have continued to pop up occasionally since then. Today, with Dokdo once again in the news, KTF offers their latest entry in the series.

Below a full-color picture of Dokdo, the white text reads: “The land where Japanese phones work is Japanese; and the land where Korean phones work is Korean.” Below that is some more boilerplate mumbo-jumbo on Dokdo.

But let’s think about that first line. In a wired world where roaming services allow cell-phone users to cross borders with their cell phones and make calls from nearly anywhere; where a Japanese person can take their Japanese-made phone with a Japanese service-provider and travel to Korea and still be able to call home, does it make any sense at all to make such a statement? KTF itself offers its own roaming services that allow Korean customers to use their phones in Japan. So why one earth would they say such a thing?

Oh yea… simple-minded nationalism sells well here (as it does elsewhere, of course) 


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“Our People…”

Posted by Brian on February 21, 2005

Via Daily Kos

Our very own Secretary of Education:

Ms. Spellings said that Senator Orrin G. Hatch had invited her to Utah and she expressed eagerness to visit there. “These are Republicans,” she said. “These are our people.”

I’m disgusted that people in the White House, from the Chimpster-in-chief on down to his lackeys like Margaret Spelling can get away with such divisive rhetoric. “These are our people,” huh? I suppose that means that the kids in the blue states that didn’t vote for Bush can go and get fucked sideways. How compassionate…

Of course, I should be quite accustomed to this kind of offensive behavior by the wackos in this administration, but having the faith I have in the good qualities of my country means I end up getting pissed off and/or disappointed on an almost daily basis.

And really… don’t try to defend this kind of talk because it’s about as un-American as un-American can get. “Our people” should refer to every single American citizen around the globe… but that’s now become a quaint memory of days gone by. 

Fuck this administration…

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America, Fuck yeah!

Posted by Brian on February 1, 2005

I was able to pick up an (illegal) copy of Team America in Itaewon the other day… it was a copy of some sort of promotional release that was offered to Korean distributors, I’m guessing. After watching it and laughing my ass off (no easy task), I can easily say that it was the best movie of 2004 for its originality, laughs, and sheer audacity. The South Park boys get mucho credit for relentlessly skewering both the America-can-do-no-wrong wingnuts on the right and the American-can-do-no-right schmucks on the left. I give it two thumbs up!

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