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Ever The Opposite Of The South, North Korea Bans Mobile Phones

from the life-under-repressive-regimes dept

Lots of folks know that South Korea was one of the first out the door with 3G wireless solutions, and has continued to be a leader in the space. Their Northern neighbors are doing their best to be the complete opposite, however. The Associated Press has a story today about North Korea banning mobile phones, but the background to the story is a bit more interesting. I've written up a longer article over at TheFeature that takes a quick look at the small rise and quick fall of mobile phones in North Korea. Before this latest ban, the technology had really started to take off, despite the repressive regime, as business men and government officials alike found the ability to communicate better quite useful. It just goes to show that no matter how useful new technologies may be in building up vital government and economic infrastructures, repressive dictators can bring it all to a stop very quickly.

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    Andreika, 18 Jul 2008 @ 3:23am

    OH PLEASE.....

    I totally agree. What is this "piling onto the back of the young." That is a typical, spoiled brat, entitlment mentality! I am thirty years old and I don't even pretend to assume my generation and sacrificed and innovated as much as my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents generation did. What is with my generation and the one right behind mine? Do none of us realize our lives are easy, convieant and simple because of what was already put in place for us by the generations before us? It is as though we all assume the world was always exactly how it is now. Wired, networked, mobilized, advanced and progressed and it always WAS just that way. No one is "piling" anything onto us! What is that about? And "they" didn't vote for anything that "we" haven't voted for. Besides that, when you get to a point in your life where you have worked for forty plus years, sacrificed, commited yourself, used self-disicpline and selflessness you EARNED a comfortable and easy ride the last thirty or so years of your life! You EARNED healthcare, pensions, housing, discounts, respect! What is this "when they earn it!" crap...hey LOSER they already DID! What did YOU earn thus far? Why do you think that only YOU are a contributing member of the human race and only YOU deserve respect and no one else does unless they kiss your ass! When you are sixty five years old and ready to retire you will be singing a different tune..that is for sure! For now anyone who can say that they "pile" debt on top of the youth or that they have to "earn" respect is a cocky, smug, uneducated, inexpereinced and spoiled little snot head kid! I agree with the person above who said your parents should slap you around, I would take it a step further and make you stand in the corner with your nose against the wall while you think about what a total ignorant ass hat you are! "They have to earn respect!" Pfft...they DID already , that is called a lifetime of achievement...YOU are the one that has a long, LONG ways to go before you deserve even a a recoginition of your existance!

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