Emails: North Korea and Squd Games (28.11.2021)

Dear Gillian

It is interesting to observe the US narrative that is continuously unfolding across the Western media regarding its misrepresentation of North Korea. It is like watching a bouncy castle version of Kim Jong-Un being slowly inflated and then deflated according to US policy needs. At one point Kim Jong-Un is ‘waving’, ‘smiling’ and being a safe haven at children’s playtime – whilst when deflated he becomes a deficient ogre no good to man nor beast! Squid Games is a South Korean criticism of the dominance of US predatory capitalism in South Korea – just as ‘Hellbound’ is a criticism of the dominance of the US Judeo-Christian narrative over the South Korean people! Although presented through the filter of post-modern superficiality – both dramas are cutting critiques of South Korea as a colony of the US and the oppressed reality of everyday life for the South Korean people. Ironically, both dramas support the North Korean critique of South Korea. This being the case, why would the US media be suggesting that those who smuggle copies of these dramas into North Korea will be shot. US anti-intellectualism seems to be out stretching itself and implying that anyone caught with anti-capitalist material in North Korea will be shot…

Dear Adrian

My issue with Squid Games and Hellbound (Calvinism for dummies) is that they offer no way out, there is no heroism, no manliness, no virtue ….. not great shows for young children, though they are mesmerised by them. My worry is that children will simply accept this as the way things are and have to be ……

Dear Gillian

Correct. They also offer no way in. US imperialism is presented (and experienced) as an (unquestioned) existential monolith with no past or present. Those subjected to it possess no (different) past or (self-detemining) future. Their only choice is ‘more of the same’. US imperislism is predicted as both inevitable and eternal. South Korean youth (brought into my sphere of awareness by my children who befriend them at school) often say they are ‘free’ in the UK but enslaved in South Korea by the Americans and having been born in the UK – refuse to go back to South Korea when their parents’ business contracts (in the UK car industry) expire!

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