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South Korea has suffered a new and sudden kind of national disaster, but not the kind that leaves visible damage. A member of the much-loved K-Pop band SHINee, Jonghyun, who died from an apparent suicide earlier this week at age 27. By all accounts, it's a nationwide crisis, with thousands mourning his death. While it is being sensationalized in the same manner that nearly anything involving a K-Pop star is in South Korea, the death is also serving as a look inside South Korea's sky-high suicide rates, and what the pressures of their media-centric culture create. YonHapNews provided an initial... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at Global Media News
South Korea has built a reputation for themselves as a proudly technologically advanced culture, and are ahead of the curve in that regard. The lull of a tech haven continues to attract visitors from all over the world, and South Korea remains an example of how to successfully integrate technological advances into their culture. One such embraced advancement is cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin. South Korea is the third leading trader in the Bitcoin market, behind the United States and Japan, and began to accept cryptocurrency more widely recently. A piece by the Technology Review notes the increase in cryptocurrency usage this... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at Global Media News
In recent years, South Korea has become a bigger player in the world of media content creation, and as a result its content is starting to spill out into other cultures, in both positive and negative ways. The influence of "hallyu" (a term to describe Korean culture waves created by Beijing journalists beginning in mid-1999) on other nations of the world has grown stronger with every year, and shows no sign of slowing down. A positive influence of Korean media on other cultures is the recent increase in traffic between China and South Korea. A JingTravel piece by Crystal Tai... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at Global Media News
Once viewed as a waste of time and money for youths, video games have evolved in both their complexity, and their place in society. What was once viewed as a thing losers did alone in their basements is now the source of a multi-billion dollar industry. From the huge tournaments that draw thousands, to letsplay channels on YouTube such as Achievement Hunter and Game Grumps, professional gaming has become not only a real option, but a relatively viable one. No country has adapted to this new alternative for sports quite like South Korea has. Not only do the South Koreans... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Global Media News
Global media today is a much different world from what it was several years ago. More and more countries are producing increasing amounts of local content, and as such are becoming less reliant of the other countries' content to fill their airwaves. In particular, Asia and Africa have stepped up their local content production. While Hollywood is still the go-to producer of media content for the world, that doesn't meant the rest of the world isn't beginning to catch up. A piece by Jacqueline Christ for Diplomatic Courier points out that, while the US remains the biggest content producer in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2017 at Global Media News
Much has been written about American reality television programming, from its usage of artificially created drama to its unrealistic depictions of basic human interactions. Japan's answer to American television has always been drastically different - point and case, anime - but their idea of reality television has taken the western world by storm. The 2015 reboot of Fuji Television's Terrace House has become one of the most talked about shows on the air, and yet, every reviewer who covers it openly admits how boring it is. But is that not where it succeeds? Terrace House is a program in Japan... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2017 at Global Media News
When most people think of Japan, they think of the crazy technological innovations, anime, and general weirdness that is modern-day Japan. Unfortunately, that technology is starting to come back to haunt the Japanese. Studies in recent show that Japanese males are becoming less and less equipped and interested in meeting women and having children. This has led to less and less births every year. In June, Bloomberg reported that the amount of babies born in Japan in 2016 fell below one million for the first time since the 19th century. There were 976,979 infants born last year, the lowest count... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Global Media News
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