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PROPAGANDA | FULL ENGLISH VERSION (2012)

Here is the formal statement I gave to Federal Police on 16 June 2012: On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who...
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An interesting view of what the North Korea government thinks of the USA culture.  This documentary was released about six months ago.  It has been removed from Youtube, but it keeps coming back.
This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to share it. 

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The Who, What, Why, & How of this site.

The Who, What, Why, & How of this site. | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it

Quick link to daily news video: 
http://english.kbs.co.kr/vod/player_news_world.html

 

Quick link to daily newspaper: 

http://english.chosun.com/

 

Link to 30-minute weekly news show about Asia

http://www.linktv.org/linkasia

 


WHO

My name is Ken Morrison. I primarily teach media courses within the communication department of Linton Global College (Hannam University) in Daejeon South Korea. I have enjoyed teaching in South Korea enough to stay for more than three years. Some of my students amaze me every week.

WHAT & WHY 

I am not an expert, but I do enjoy using my communications background and experience as a reporter and TV producer in the USA to analyze global news. This site is created primarily as an extension of my interests and hobby of staying up to date on important news surrounding me. I am hopeful that it will also be helpful to Korean students or newcomers to Korea, as well as those observing from a distance.


HOW 

I do not intend on sharing daily news nor even weekly news. Yet, when recurring news maintains near the top of peoples' minds for extended periods of time, I will share a few different professional perspecives as well as my own.
 

I will do my best to strike a nice balance between critical thinking and respectful understanding of the many pressures that Korea faces in this rapidly changing era.

I highly encourage and embrace feedback and suggested additions to this site!

 

P.S.  If you (or a high school student who you care about) is considering attending a university where all instruction and homework is in English, you might consider watching these student-produced videos by my students about life at Linton Global College.

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Amazing !!!!!!!!!!!!! ^ㅁ^!!!!
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North Korea releases list of U.S. ‘human rights abuses’: ‘The U.S. is a living hell’

North Korea releases list of U.S. ‘human rights abuses’: ‘The U.S. is a living hell’ | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
"All sorts of crimes rampant in the U.S. pose a serious threat to the people's rights to existence and their inviolable rights."
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South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster

South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been
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[Ferry Disaster] Rescuers struggle to reach the missing

[Ferry Disaster] Rescuers struggle to reach the missing | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it

HereRescuers continued their search operations to find hundreds still missing from the sunken ferry Sewol in waters off Kore...

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Of course this sad event is the top news of this week.


Here is a second link from CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/18/world/asia/south-korea-ship-sinking/index.html ;

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Facebook's News Feed: What Changed and Why

Facebook's News Feed: What Changed and Why | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
As Winston Churchill once said, “to improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." It's a maxim Facebook seems to have adopted wholeheartedly when it comes to the News...
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Unregistered children in Korea: Nowhere left to go - South Korean Human Rights Monitor

Unregistered children in Korea: Nowhere left to go - South Korean Human Rights Monitor | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
The smiling boy in the picture, A, is one of the unregistered children in Korea. In other words, he is stateless. A was born in Korea in 2009 May to a Vietnamese mother and a Korean father. When DNA testing showed that there was no blood relationship between A and his father, the couple divorced.... Continue Reading »
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This actually is not in the media much (English versions anyway). However, I know three young people who are affected by this 'black hole' of unprotected children.

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Real-time Ambient Air Quality Dissemination System

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Yellow Dust season is coming to Korea soon. Here is a no-nonsense guide to air quality in your area.

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North Korea Invites South Korean Families for Family Reunions

North Korea Invites South Korean Families for Family Reunions | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
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Althouth it is wise to be skeptical, this is a different tactic than past years of escalated tensions between North and South Korea as both countries prepare for their yearly military drills.



Here is the South Korea point of view.
http://www.nknews.org/2014/01/what-to-make-of-north-koreas-peace-offensive/ ;

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Korea keeps watch on won volatility

Korea keeps watch on won volatility | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
The volatility of the won, coupled with the U.S. central bank’s move to taper its stimulus measures is sending alarm si...
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[Graphic News] 2014 budget by sector

[Graphic News] 2014 budget by sector | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
After much delay, the National Assembly on Wednesday approved the government budget and a host of tightly contested bill...
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#1 Health, Welfare, Employment

#2 Central local administrations

#3 Education

#4 Defense

#5 Infrastructure

#6 Agricultures, fishery, food

#7 R&D

#8 Public order and Safety

#9 Industry SMEs, Endery

#10 Entertainment

#11 Culture, Sports, Tourism
#12 Foreign Policy, North Korea 

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Tumultuous year ahead for Northeast Asia

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Northeast Asia faces another tumultuous year, as geostrategic rivalries are expected to intensify while Pyongyang’s nuc...
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Reminder: Late January and early march are when the two Koreas have their war drills.  These are two times when it is likely for NK to say or do something provocative.

Arguments over the seas will continue to be a major issue of several countries in Asia in 2014. 

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Chance of China/Japan conflict growing, warns former State Department official

Chance of China/Japan conflict growing, warns former State Department official | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
By Mick Krever, CNN

Tensions between China and Japan, at their worst in half a century, are making conflict “much more likely now than it’s probably been in years,” the former top U.S.
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The multiple island disputes seem to get more and more press in recent weeks.

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Leadership priorities back to the military in October and November

Leadership priorities back to the military in October and November | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un made a total of 23 reported public appearances in October and 20 in November of 2013. These numbers were just above and below Kim’s average for the year so far.
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South Korea military criticized over decoy ambulance patient

A S Korean soldier killed five of his fellow soldiers. When taking the captured suspect to the hospital, they used a decoy ambulance and soldier at the hospital's request.
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always learning

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teaching technology abroad
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South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster

South Korean PM resigns over government response to ferry disaster | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation on Sunday over the government response to the ferry disaster, in which it was first announced that everyone had been
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South Korea regulates marriage with foreigners

South Korea regulates marriage with foreigners | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
South Korea imposed new restrictions on mixed marriages this month, but critics say the authorities would do better to focus on supporting foreign spouses who struggle to assimilate in one of Asia's most ethnically homogenous societies. An influx of foreign brides -- overwhelmingly from other Asian countries -- began in earnest in 2000 and peaked in 2005 when more than 30,000 were given resident-through-marriage visas. The trend was triggered by the large numbers of young, rural women leaving to find work and a new life in Seoul and other South Korean cities, leaving behind male-dominated communities with not enough potential wives to go around. Since 2000, 236,000 foreign women have settled in South Korea through marriage, giving birth to about 190,000 children, according to data compiled by state-run Statistics Korea.
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The #1 way to get more writing done | Out:think Author Marketing

The #1 way to get more writing done | Out:think Author Marketing | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
For a writer, there’s nothing more sacred that uninterrupted time spent writing. It can also be the hardest time to come by. Especially when you add in all of this marketing stuff I’m always telling you to do, it can seem like an additional full time job. As your list of tasks grows, there seem to be two options: Do it all yourself Get some help At first, it’s tempting to do everything yourself. It’s cheaper and often good to have a deep understanding of how everything works. But at some point, as you grow, you have to learn to let go of things and start building a team around you to support what you do. When I was writing Your First 1000 Copies, it was the first time I had to rely heavily on a lot of other people that weren’t sitting in my office as a fulltime employee. It was a real test in my control freak nature. I had to trust people with: Pre-reading the book and giving honest feedback Reading the second draft and giving honest feedback. Editing the book Converting the book
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I am not in the market for a virtual assistant, but I have heard really good things (and one good podcast interview) lately about Chris Ducker.

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Korea - How is the ‘creative economy’ working out?

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In BBC's Global Business this week, Peter Day travels to Seoul to find out about the Korean government’s strategy to solve these economic issues: ‘The Creative Economy’.

 

Korea aims to become Asia’s ‘start-up nation’ in the next three years, and is throwing vast sums of money into the technology sector to encourage people to become entrepreneurs. But this is a career choice that has until recently been dismissed in South Korean society. Can a government change a culture?


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Park gives Japan a March 1 earful

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Korean social media services face uphill battle

Korean social media services face uphill battle | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
South Korea’s biggest portal site, Naver, recently decided to shut down its microblogging service Me2day in June of 201...
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SKorea_news's curator insight, January 14, 11:28 AM

Such a surprise, such a bad one... 

Who could believe that Kakaotalk will shut down ? 

 

Face à ces géants que sont Twitter, Facebook et bien d'autres, les réseaux sociaux coréens ne font plus le poids et préfèrent s'effacer. 

Après Cyworld, c'est au tour du fameux Kakaotalk de fermer ses portes ... de quoi attrister ses 125 millions d'utilisateurs.

 

Bien plus que la fermeture d'une simple application, une véritable icone coréenne est touchée ...

Matthieu Lamouret's comment, February 20, 1:54 PM
Attention, il n'est écrit nul part que Kakaotalk va fermer, actuellement en Corée, cette nouvelle aurait été extrêmement bizarre étant donné que tout le monde l'utilise (la Corée a eu, jusqu'à dernièrement des forfaits sans sms illimités, c'est pourquoi Kakaotalk a sûr s'imposer très rapidement). la fermeture en question était Me2day, un système de blog ouvert, j'avais bien reçu la notification par naver l'année dernière.
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Who is Kenneth Bae, and why is he in a North Korean prison camp?

Who is Kenneth Bae, and why is he in a North Korean prison camp? | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
Who is Kenneth Bae? And why is he being held by North Korea?
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For Koreans, English used as mark of status

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For Koreans, English is much more than a lingua franca. It is a crucial measure of personal marketability, intelligence ...
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The Korean Herald has two articles this week about English language.

 

Yesterday I read about a college student who spends $300/month to improve her English skills to take a TOIC test to improve her chances of getting a good job after graduating..

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(EDITORIAL from the Korea Joongang Daily on Dec. 23)

(EDITORIAL from the Korea Joongang Daily on Dec. 23)
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It will be hard to catch a train this Saturday.  Rail workers have been on strike for most of the month. They will escalate their strike this week on the Saturday between Christmas and New Years Day. Workers are trying to stop the privatization of part of their bullet train business.

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'Deported' from North Korea, American returns to the United States

'Deported' from North Korea, American returns to the United States | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
Merrill Newman -- the 85-year-old American detained by North Korean authorities earlier this fall -- has been "deported," North Korea's state news agency says.
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I am glad that this Korean War veteran is released.  North Korea says that he had a bad misunderstanding and later apologized.  The rest of the world says that the release was due direct diplomacy via Sweden, US and North Korea.

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Korea is the world’s top producer of unhappy school children

Korea is the world’s top producer of unhappy school children | Korean News & Media Trends | Scoop.it
By many measures, Korea is doing incredibly well. Unemployment is ridiculously low. Exports are booming, driving the country's record current account surplus.
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