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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    dorpus, 3 Jun 2004 @ 11:19pm

    What if South Korean hearts are just as closed?

    There was an incident in South Korea recently -- an American named Mayo, age 60, who lived in Korea since 1989 with his Korean wife, walked his dog every morning, customarily saying hi to passers-by. One day he said hi to some teenage girl, and the following conversation

    "Are you an American?"
    "What part of America are you from?"
    "Then you should go home."

    Mayo was at a loss for words, reported it to his Korean wife. The wife got upset that a kid would talk to an elder like that. The couple decided to move back to Missouri, forever.

    According to Mayo, he had stayed in Korea because he liked the respect Koreans bestowed upon elders.

    The article is at the link below; it's in Japanese, but the illustration says a lot.


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