Korean culture

http://joi.ito.com/archives/2005/06/02/korean_bloggers.html

What�s with us, the koreans, that are drawn to blogging? The article says there�s over 5 million korean blogs and one of the commenters think Xanga blog is at least 40% asians. Dammit, I am not fluent enough to be able to read korean blogs. Wonder what do they usually rave/rant on about? Also, this article said Korea has the highest penetration to the high-speed internet with more than 12 million subscribers out of 16 million population or 24.9 people out of every 100 have a broadband connection. That is a LOT.

I remember watching a korean movie about the teacher/student rival (the title name is �Lonely Rivals�). In that movie, one 5th grader brought her cellphone which has a camera inside and her teacher got into a bad mood and hand-slapped one classmate (common sight if you watch a lot of korean movies/dramas). You guess it, ofc, the teacher got videotaped by the cameraphone and that 5th grader went home and released it over the internet. Then, the movie got really interesting. So, that part showed me how tech-saavy their culture is and how young they are doing it. When I was in 5th grade, the only thing I carried was my batman lunch box and internet connection didn�t even exist. Boy, am I sounding like my dad, his I-didn�t-have-what-you-have-now lectures.

I don’t recall Korea being a tech powerhouse a while ago so it’s amazing to me to see how fast Korea is gaining in this trend and is starting to become more competitive with other nations like Japan. I wonder how long before people will stop associating Korea with cheap products like Kia or Hyundai and become into a brand quality like Sony or Honda.

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  1. j

    word… samsung tech is now even better than sony given its high quality, with better features, low cost, blah. i’m still reclucant to buy korean products yet and my loyalty to japan techies very slowly erodes and don’t know what’s next.
    you’ll never know you would buy kia in the blink of an eye as the study says kia’s eventually better than lexus at very low, low price.. you’ll be proud.

  2. natech

    Word back to you, that I read somewhere that pound-for-pound, Kia brings in far better value than Lexus and they both get you to same places anyway. Same thing to a plane; it doesn’t matter if you sat in a first-class cabin or in a cramped coach seat, they get you to the same place.

    Obviously, the difference is quality and I’m very curious to see if Korean products will ever attain a brand quality or they’d be always known as a cheap brand. We shall see, :-)

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