Friday, November 26, 2010

It's like the Hollywood sign, but bigger and crappier

South Korean TV news right now is focusing on a couple of North Korean shells that have landed in the sea between North and South Korean land on the West Sea, near the site of this week's earlier shelling. They have since accepted the explanation from the Ministry of National Defense, where the minister resigned yesterday for failing to anticipate or defend Tuesday's attack, that this is simply a North Korean exercise.

Regular programming is back on, but it may return just yet. News coverage showed images such as this one:



This picture from Yeonpyeong-do, South Korea, looks at North Korea. The sign in the distance says "Long live the revolutionary ideas of the Great Leader Kim Il-sung" (위대한 수령 김일성 동지 혁명사상 만세).

When South Korean pans across the scene of the shooting and when it zooms in, the slogan erected in massive letters on the hills in North Korea becomes clear. In effect, the viewer is being forced to read the slogan. This sort of free advertising is obviously why the imposing, menacing slogan was put there, though I doubt it convinces more than it intimidates.

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