Saturday, May 12, 2012

Outside media seeping into N. Korea

Thoughtful piece by Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press on how the outside world is seeping into North Korea. It appears to be a function of omnipresent nearby signals from outside and materials like DVDs that are doing the job. A study has found that nearly half of North Koreans have watched a foreign DVD, the most commonly used type of outside media. About a quarter of people have listened to a foreign radio news broadcast while in North Korea or watched a foreign news station. Nearly one-third of television watchers whose sets were fixed to state-run programming had modified them in order to capture a signal from outside stations detectable along the Chinese and South Korean borders.

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