I’m working on this topic, but not just at the moment, so I’m going to leave this here for now.
South Koreans are becoming less open to mixed-race families, according to a recently published poll.
“Just because you’re too ignorant to know that shit exists in Korea, doesn’t mean that shit doesn’t exist in Korea.”
Good Morning Burnfans!
I’m back with a bullet! Wooooosh! I’m like some sort of mythical beast, am i real or am I made of Tupperware? Nobody knows, least of all me.
Sorry…I decided that I’d start the blog with a moderately acid fueled ramble. It sounded better in my head.
I barely know…
Here are my opinions about the UN’s 300+ page report on the human rights conditions in North Korea (which are pretty damn dire)
i am a korean-american adoptee activist who has been living in seoul for nearly 7 years, volunteering actively with both other adoptees and unwed mothers’ groups. i suppose i should start by saying why i oppose the baby box. abandoning babies is illegal and the baby box facilitates the abandoning…
Swing a cat in discourses about adoption, and you find someone who uncritically accepts that the baby box is clearly a good thing, and hasn’t really thought about the fact not all adoptions are created equal, and some are pretty darn sketchy.
Thanks for writing this out in one post, @peaceshannon!
Watching Wonder Woman, the 2009 animated movie. Diana, the Amazon princess, has her first encounter with the modern West. Here is exactly what she just said:
"Remarkable. The advanced brainwashing that has been perpetuated upon the females of your culture. Raised from birth to believe they’re not strong enough to compete with the boys. And then as adults, taught to trade on their very femininity"
Why South Koreans Should Care if Government officials engaged in Online postings before the 2012 elections.
I usually don’t write annotated bibliographies as a blog post, but today, that’s what I feel like doing. The reason being is that today I overheard the wife chatting it up with a friend of hers who’s insisted that although it was illegal for South Korean government agencies to engage in politically motivated posting and commentary online, there’s little evidence that the “third-party” comments against Park-guen Hye’s opponents did much to sway public opinion in the 2012 South Korean presidential elections.
I actually thought that this was a really good question. Not the illegality part of government officials engaging in political activities.That’s clearly wrong. What I thought interesting in that question is, even if illegal, how influential was the NIS meddling? Are people really swayed by internet commentary? As someone who studies new media communications and ICTs adoption behaviors, my wife’s friend’s comment sort of sat uncomfortably with me.There’s a general blind-spot for social media users within my generation, or even the generation after mine, that holds that within reasonable bounds, what takes place online has little effect to what takes place offline.
As such, I sort of felt it necessary to share some of the studies I’ve reviewed over the last semester for anyone to reference as it pertains to the idea that commenting and online discussions really do have real world consequences in shaping people’s perceptions.
In chronological order. (Summary below references)
1) Edwards, C., Edwards, A., Qing, Q., & Wahl, S. T. (2007). The influence of computer-mediated word-of-mouth communication on student perceptions of instructors and attitudes toward learning course content. Communication Education, 56(3), 255-277.
An experimental designed study on the effects of feedback and testimonial systems based upon RateMyProfessor.com. Students were given both positive and negative reviews of professors, and then asked to view a video lecture and course materials for the professor. Those asked to read negative reviews rated professors less attractive, less credible, viewed course material as inadequate, and possessed a weaker motivation to learn from the professors.
2)Lee, E. J., Jang, J. W., & Kim, M. J. (2009). Interpersonal interactivity in online journalism: What do readers’ comments on internet news sites tell us. In annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, November.
An experimental study of undergraduates who viewed online news stories about compensation packages and salaries. While viewing the story, peer comments appeared either to agree or disagree with the actions that the news story wished to take. Students who read comments opposing the issue rated the story more negatively. Moreover, while also affecting student attitudes towards the issue of compensation packages, students also perceived that the prevailing commentary represented the overall public sentiment about the issue. That is, online commentary moved both personal attitudes and 3rd person perceptions on the issue.
3) Anderson, A. A., Brossard, D., Scheufele, D. A., Xenos, M. A. & Ladwig, P. (2013), The “Nasty Effect:” Online incivility and risk perceptions of emerging technologies. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. doi: 10.1111/jcc4.12009
This study examines how uncivil online interpersonal discussions may contribute to polarization of perceptions about an issue (nanotechnology). The findings are that among individuals who do not support nanotechnology, those who are exposed to uncivil deliberation in blog comments are more likely to perceive the technology as risky than those who are exposed to civil comments. As the study state, “The incivility instigated by lay (albeit fictional) online users induced an increase in polarization of risk perception about nanotechnology. This study’s findings suggest perceptions towards science are shaped in the online blog setting not only by “top-down information,” but by others’ civil or uncivil viewpoints, as well. While the Internet opens new doors for public deliberation of emerging technologies, it also gives new voice to nonexpert, and sometimes rude, individuals” (p. 16).
«Each study should be taken within the context and environment that it’s being looked at. For instance, it would be unwise to draw generalities about the studies of opinion-formation on the relatively unfamiliar topic of nano-technology and blogs and apply it to political attitudes and influence in online discussions in South Korea. That would be wrong. But, it will also be wrong to ignore the wider implication it could have in this area of study.The problem as stated earlier isn’t only the illegality of election meddling itself. But, as you can see, the consequences that meddling has upon perceptions. The NIS scandal isn’t traditional election fraud as you may understand it, where votes are being siphoned off in backrooms, or extra ballots inserted for a particular candidate. Rather, it’s a far subtler form of influence that your average digitally active citizen should be cognizant of. Now, I don’t want to make it sound as if all commentary is evil: clearly everyone has a right to express themselves online, even in Korea (I think). From a new media effects research perspective, the problem is that governments can commander resources in ways that overwhelmingly influence public opinion. Thus, this list shows there is research that is looking at this area very seriously. Although we may not have an exact number of potential South Korean voters who may have been swayed by the illegal actions of the NIS agents who posted articles and comments online, what we do know from the research is that whatever they did post could have been influential in changing or shaping perceptions before the 2012 elections.»
It bothers me just as much as the initial act of tampering in the election, how little the media is covering this. Because without a functioning media providing accountability, democracy stops working.