North Korean citizens become more globally aware via piracy

Blatant anti-American propaganda like this needs no translation.

North Korea’s propaganda machine is world-famous. Few countries have managed to remain as cut off from the world as the Democratic People's Republic. With a totalitarian blend of government Orwell would have wept at, the country should be the last place on earth to see change coming quickly. The country's recent history has been marred by its leaders, lack of economic prosperity, complete governmental control over the internet, and general antagonism towards the South and the rest of the world. The internet is a heavily controlled medium in North Korea, and few people have access to it. Any information available on their internet service is regulated by the government, under the watchful eye of the Glorious Leader and the Eternal President.

Leave this system in place for a few generations, and you’ll have a society which is largely brainwashed and unaware of the truth. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Brazil annihilated the North Korean team. Obviously, in the Democratic People’s Republic this simply could not be accepted - and it wasn’t. Instead, the population was treated to what was seemingly a North Korean victory.

Technological advancements are spreading though, and this holds true even in North Korea. The population is growing aware of the world outside the borders of their own country.

When we think of piracy, we mostly think of the negative connotations it has. The theft of games and movies is costing their producers millions per year, and all the other doom-and-gloom stories you’re liable to hear. This is normal and understandable. We see piracy in a negative light whenever it is mentioned. If you're reading this there is a good chance you live in a country where media is readily available through streaming or physical purchase. Those who do not have those luxuries will approach piracy completely differently.

A new report, titled A Quiet Opening, interviews North Korean escapees about the reality of piracy and the impact it is having on their country. The theme shows increasing numbers of people gaining access to pirated media. The consequences of this could be life-altering. If they are caught with this media it is probable that the consequences will also be life-ending, yet there are people still gaining access to this western media.

Standard radios and televisions in the country are manufactured so they can focus only on the state’s broadcasts, assuming you’re rich enough to afford one. Devices imported from neighbouring countries can access signals from South Korea, China and other countries. Importing is difficult, so the information is spreading via file-sharing.

Files are put on DVDs, MP3/MP4 Players, and USB drives. These files are then distributed among the people. Obviously, this is a crime in the country but plenty of things are. The population is exposed to more pirated television shows and music, especially from South Korea, which does not have a language barrier. Propaganda within North Korea has always suggested that the South is a much poorer country. Observations from refugees lucky enough to escape the oppressive regime of the DPRK have confirmed what we have already known outside the country for quite some time. For those only leaving it, the knowledge must be overwhelming. A 23-year-old escapee from the capital city of Pyongyang was quoted as saying this:

“The MP4 [player] was empty but I received movies and music from friends who had computers and then I watched and listened to them. The battery was charged with electricity and it was portable so young people liked it."

A 31-year-old who managed to escape in 2010 had the following to say:

“I was told when I was young that South Koreans are very poor, but the South Korean dramas proved that just isn’t the case."

The reality of the country is downright terrifying, but to fully drive home the idea of just what imprisonment in North Korea contains, it might be worth expanding on a little. The country still operates prison camps, much like the Soviet gulags which inspired them. In stereotypical fashion the camps are numbered rather than named. Prisoners who do not work are publicly presented to the rest of the inmates, who are told the prisoner had been offered redemption through labor for their country. Instead, they chose to reject the generosity of the country's government. After this they are simply executed. The largest known camp is 31x25... miles. This camp is larger than the city of Los Angeles. Assemblies of more than two inmates are forbidden, except during executions, where attendance is compulsory.

North Korean prison camp information: Escape from Camp 14

News Source: TorrentFreak | Image Credit: Retro Trash blog

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You can also "blame" the ongoing Korean war (they never signed a peace treaty, just a truce),
on the United Nations. They are the ones that split up the country after WW2, pretty much the same way they did with Vietnam. Also, the precursor to the UN, the League of Nations, split up "Persia" in the 20's, because of where the oil was, not taking into account thousands of years of ethnic tribes. And since the 20's, those tribes, in one form or another have been fighting ever since. When the modern day Jewish state was brought into being in the late 40's, most of the "Arab tribes" put down their internal squabbles & linked up against Israel. In the 60's & 70's, they pretty much pounded them into sand and most of the Arab states have sort of left them alone "officially", leaving the bloodshed to the Islamic radicals who would just as soon blow themselves up than live.

Same thing happened after the fall of the old soviet union. I remember watching at tv report about some of the older ones that immigrated to the USA, and the first time one went to a supermarket, he said "after I saw all of the food items in a supermarket, without lines of people trying to buy, I knew everything I had been told by the soviet government about the west was a lie".

It's the same with America. How come all of the America population (Latin, South, North America) know about Japanese anime?

Jose_49 said,
It's the same with America. How come all of the America population (Latin, South, North America) know about Japanese anime?

It is not the same, there is free (free as in speech, not free as in beer) internet available in the Americas... that is how we know of the "outside world"

Well Americans threatened North Koreans with their warship assemble combined with South Korean forces.How come China hasn't responded to that.Anyways you have your part of truth,still if those Korean lands would have Oil , well Americans would defend "Human rights" and send for a "Asian Spring".
Uncle Sam will surely send some warships again there as soon as another rocket is developed by Koreans.

deadheadline said,
Well Americans threatened North Koreans with their warship assemble combined with South Korean forces.How come China hasn't responded to that.Anyways you have your part of truth,still if those Korean lands would have Oil , well Americans would defend "Human rights" and send for a "Asian Spring".
Uncle Sam will surely send some warships again there as soon as another rocket is developed by Koreans.

Not sure if trolling or just derpy.

deadheadline said,
Well Americans threatened North Koreans with their warship assemble combined with South Korean forces.How come China hasn't responded to that.Anyways you have your part of truth,still if those Korean lands would have Oil , well Americans would defend "Human rights" and send for a "Asian Spring".
Uncle Sam will surely send some warships again there as soon as another rocket is developed by Koreans.

They can only do so much. The main thrust to get NK to behave is always through diplomatic talks with China (who themselves are increasingly frustrated by NK anyway).

China holds immense power in that region. Obama wants to regain US influence in Asia, but he needs time, which the typical stupid American voter will not understand nor grant.

resol612 said,

They can only do so much. The main thrust to get NK to behave is always through diplomatic talks with China (who themselves are increasingly frustrated by NK anyway).

China holds immense power in that region. Obama wants to regain US influence in Asia, but he needs time, which the typical stupid American voter will not understand nor grant.

Don't the U.S. already have a majority stake in Asia? Japan, India, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea, Afghanistan, etc. The only countries that I can think of that may still resist U.S. interest (in Asia) is North Korea, Iran, Vietnam and China - but Vietnam and China have softened up to the west because they want to join in the prosperity that capitalism can bring to their countries.

What makes it the US's RIGHT to invade other countries because they don't agree with what is going on? Why is the US the peacekeepers of the world? Last time they invaded they nearly got an ass f****** from the north koreans, came back but didn't finnish the job

There are much better ways to deal with the DPRK and China, in fact have any of you BEEN to china? It is an amazing country, not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. You are all driven by stereotpyes and a messed up idea the America can solve the worlds problems. Reality. It can't.

Auzeras said,
Why is the US the peacekeepers of the world?

Probably because no one else will do it. You want to hand the responsibility of trying to protect the FREE world to the United Nations? It use to be that the Atlantic & Pacific oceans would preclude any outside threat to the USA, but, not anymore. Especially with the borders as open as they are.

Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

deadheadline said,
Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

Right because I'm sure China would be just fine and dandy with that.

deadheadline said,
Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

Invading North Korea would mean going to war with China. The world does not want that to happen.

deadheadline said,
Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

Do you have an idea of the military force of China? If the almighty USA attacks NK, then China will destroy them in a way no alien invasion movie ever was or will be.

This planet will eventually be torn apart, unless all the countries unite in a big one, language and ethnic barrier is dropped and people are allowed to live wherever they can afford.

deadheadline said,
Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

You remember? Many other countries bitched because the US got involved in stuff like this. Now that we aren't. Everyone doesn't like that, but didn't like it when we did. *facepalms*

deadheadline said,
Americans just whine about their rocket systems and the Korean nuclear project.But they do nothing to infiltrate that country in order to send the Commies down with the help of the population(example: Egypt,Arabian Spring etc).Because that country is poor in natural resources no one cares about them.Also their military tech is old enough as their rocket exploded suddenly.

Complain when America invades, complain when they don't. HAHA!

Saex_Conroy said,

Do you have an idea of the military force of China? If the almighty USA attacks NK, then China will destroy them in a way no alien invasion movie ever was or will be.

This planet will eventually be torn apart, unless all the countries unite in a big one, language and ethnic barrier is dropped and people are allowed to live wherever they can afford.

US would not fight China because of their nuclear firepower.It would be a disastrous clash.I don't stand with USA in arguments ,but I try to explain that they don't care for poor countries only if they are a threat or rich in resources.I think that US simply doesn't want to spend money over the Korean Commies.

deadheadline said,

US would not fight China because of their nuclear firepower.It would be a disastrous clash.I don't stand with USA in arguments ,but I try to explain that they don't care for poor countries only if they are a threat or rich in resources.I think that US simply doesn't want to spend money over the Korean Commies.

You don't have a clue.

Xilo said,

Invading North Korea would mean going to war with China. The world does not want that to happen.

That's a big NO there.
Believe it or not, for unknow reason(s), we Chinese hate the NorthKoreans almost as mush as you westerners do!