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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    gray, 6 Jun 2004 @ 8:20pm


    I guess you feel the same about generations younger than yours as well. By your definition, they do not contribute anything to society either. I guess your generation (all of it) is the only one that has ever contributed anything to society, made America what it is today, and you probably believe your self made.

    Like any generation, the "elders" (which I assume you mean Baby Boomers and pre-baby boomers) have some sour apples, but for the most part are decent humans. The parents of the Baby Boomers sacrificed there lives, careers, and on self interest to ensure America remained free. The Baby Boomers fought in a "police action" and started the industries that today carry the US economy. Both generations lost thousands of friends, and relatives so we could enjoy our lives today.

    My question to you is What self sacrifices have you or your generation made to ensure freedom for us all? Before you condemn several generations that you could not possible understand, do us all a favor by turning off the computer and showing compassion to those who have given so much. Stop the self serving attitude of "What have you done for me lately".

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