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Korea, Pulsating!
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You pretty much nailed it on the head with the hagwons and with your earlier post about tourism marketing campaigns. Focus groups. Research. Surveys. A couple of months ago I talked to a guy who recently became manager of a major company's food division, and they were planning to export one of their restaurant concepts to the U.S. He asked the company what the focus groups said. "What? Focus groups?" He was alarmed that the company was planning to spend a ton of money to open a chain of restaurant on U.S. soil without testing the market first. He has since set up test marketing sessions with expats. This solidifies what many of us could easily guess. No one does test marketing, and that's how we end up with the embarrassing campaigns. "Korea, Sparkling." Ddeokbokki-->Topoki Haechi Trying to force changes on the Lonely Planet guide Maybe with test marketing they'll see that subtlety works better in branding. After a hundred years of cultural bombardment with radio and TV ads, we can sniff the stench of naked clumsy salesmanship. So, yeah, clean up the hagwons and test market before pouring lots of money into a project. Maybe use some of that money to hire a native English speaker to glance over it for grammar, spelling and cultural errors ("Ricetard"). Cleaning up the hagwons may be a really tall order, but shining a little spotlight on the cockroaches would be nice. After that, we could work on jerky bus drivers and scooters on the sidewalks. Or... OOH... a campaign against spitting! Sometimes you get so used to these things that you forget that they leave bad impressions on visitors.
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Oh, good. I had captured the show too and was about to put it up. For future reference, Google Video lets you put up longer videos.
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Your shortest post in a while, and you say that you're babbling. We're very impressed at ZenKimchi HQ with the Hankyoreh and Daum publicity--good publicity. Let's hope that news story this weekend about strings of teachers pulling midnight runs on public schools doesn't... oh well...
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And I'm sure you've heard the "Cher is Catwoman" rumors.
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You and me both. I've been on somewhat of an exercise routine and have been watching what I'm eating. I've lost a few kilos. But the most repeated thing Significant Other has said after watching it was, "Joe, you need more tone. Your body is like a woman." Gee, thanks, sweetie. Nonetheless, I think the segment was well done, and the editing was good. I liked the shot of you standing in the street while people rushed by you.
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April 5th? Just my luck that you want to do this in the one week when my time machine is in the shop.
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"Well, I hope our asses won't be cheering..." Depends on where the dinner party will be.
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And Fred Flintstone on the bottom right.
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"PD Diary" is more "A Current Affair" than "60 Minutes."
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I just found that US News ranked the University of Alabama #91 in national universities this year. Maybe I'll actually qualify for this visa and will have to stop hiding my degree from public view.
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When I worked for Thom Hartmann (who is now on Air America Radio, where Mark Green was coming from), he was insistent on checking sources repeatedly before making any claims on the air. This frustrated us because the cons we had on the show never... NEVER... did their research and live in this environment where they can talk and never have to back up what they say. And when we "owned" them on the air, they just shouted the same things louder and louder--or they hung up. This is a pattern you see over and over again with the cons. They historically have had a fear of education. That's why they cut funds for schools and teachers. That's why they label anyone with any knowledge as the "intellectual elite" up in their "ivory towers." This is why they own the record on banning and burning books. Conservatives fear education.
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I first heard about this on NPR's "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me." It's funny that that's where I get my more interesting news.
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These are the guys who propose "drowning government in a bathtub" only to have the power vacuum be taken over by corporations who don't abide by laws but by their own "policies." Who really fucks with your life these days, a democratic government or your local bank?
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BTW, Mike, you don't have a link to YouTube Korea here.
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HA! Superkids is up there!
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Yeah, I loved the map too. I was expecting something like "1996: The Michael Hurt Empire spreads northwards." Did I hear your cat playing with the doorknob in the background? Too cool to see you on video. I still think you shouldn't be shy of the other side of the camera.
Toggle Commented Nov 27, 2007 on Me, On AP at Scribblings of the Metropolitician
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I'm here. Need drink.
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