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What about K Pop?

October 9, 2012
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There’s no doubt that K-pop is increasing in popularity around the world. We all know what it’s like; there’s the beautiful people, the catchy songs, the dancing, and of the viral videos on youtube. It’s hard to step outside these days without hearing Gangnam Style repeated in some manner or form, and with the hundreds of parodys and recreations of Psy’s famous tune K-Pop has, it is being said, finally broken the US.

But is it really that important for Korean music to make it big in the US? What does Psy’s success and, say, Wonder Girl’s failure in the US say about K pop as international music genre? These are things many people are asking.

Many see K pop as a fantastic export of modern Korea, and one which the world can admire, while at the same time promoting Korea as a modern and dynamic country. Even more love the singers and the songs for their own reasons and flock to their concerts in screaming and swooning droves!

There are ‘haters’ out there who disagree with the sentiment that K-pop is the next best thing, and some people see it as merely over manunfactured pop music promoted by the strong arms of very well organised entertainment companies.

Your assignment for this week is to write one paragraph considering one of the following subjects:

  1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?
  2. K-pop is clearly a brand modeled on a highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. What are the major problems that these high standards have on a society, not just in Korea, but in outside of Korea?
  3. Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?
  4. How do you feel about the image of Korea that K-pop is presenting to the rest of the world?
  5. Lee Soo Man, the chairman of Korea’s most successful K-pop entertainment company, SM Entertainment, has described the process of creating and popularising K pop acts ‘cultural technology’. What do you think ‘cultural technology’ is? What examples of cultural technology can you see in K pop acts, and how do you feel about this description?

Here’s a long but detailed outsider’s look inside the world of K Pop by American The New Yorker. It’s very detailed but worth reading in sections. http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/10/08/121008fa_fact_seabrook

This is an older but still relevant article on K pop written by the BBC (and much shorter^^) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13760064

Psy is now selling a fridge – report by Time Magazine – http://world.time.com/2012/09/09/selling-gangnam-style-why-k-pop-and-commercials-are-a-perfect-match/

 

Good luck and have fun!

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45 Comments leave one →
  1. Zhansaya =C permalink
    October 11, 2012 12:47 am

    1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    In my opinion, it’s important that K-pop is popular around the world. There are several reasons for it. Firstly, K-pop consolidates ties with neighboring countries. It’s very significant if countries have friendly relationships. Secondly, K-pop brings us a cultural exchange, which is also, has a positive effect. Finally, organizing K-pop performances is profitable. The K-pop industry has global sales worth over $30m.

    2. K-pop is clearly a brand modeled on a highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. What are the major problems that these high standards have on a society, not just in Korea, but in outside of Korea?

    I guess many people want to look like K-pop stars. They do not consider all the things like individual differences. The K-pop stars, or idols, train very hard for several years and not everybody can do what they do.

    3. Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    I don’t want to become a K-pop star for several reasons. Firstly, I’m not interested in singing or dancing. I would rather prefer politics. Secondly, training conditions are very hard. K-pop stars have to train dance, choreography or vocal for long hours for long years. Thirdly, there is no private life. Fans are everywhere. I don’t like to share with anybody else what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. Finally, being a star is not profitable. The entire budget covers your living expenses and trainings. Of course, if you’re not second Madonna or Jolie.

    4. How do you feel about the image of Korea that K-pop is presenting to the rest of the world?

    I think, K-pop presents Korea to rest of the world only in a positive side. Most people start learning Korean because they want to understand the K-pop songs and visit Korea, where their idols from. Korea became one of the biggest exporters of culture because of K-pop. Young people from all over the world listen to K-pop songs, cover the dances and watch Korean dramas.

    5. Lee Soo Man, the chairman of Korea’s most successful K-pop entertainment company, SM Entertainment, has described the process of creating and popularising K pop acts ‘cultural technology’. What do you think ‘cultural technology’ is? What examples of cultural technology can you see in K pop acts, and how do you feel about this description?

    In my opinion, cultural technology is the changes in culture in that way that people in different countries are getting more and more alike. Nowadays, you cannot tell which country a person is from only by his/her clothes. People around the world share news from newspapers and TV and express concerns on the same topic. In K-pop acts the impact of cultural technology is that a K-pop singer is famous not only in Korea but overseas as well. The K-pop singer has fans from all over the world. This is cultural technology.
    I think that there are things that cannot be changed. Traditions of different people that have been developed for long centuries cannot be wiped easily. We will save them whatever happens. Anyway cultural technology make possible for diverse cultures to communicate with each other.

    • proftodd permalink*
      October 11, 2012 7:49 am

      Note: The instructions say to write ONE paragraph considereing ONE of the following topics. However, if you had understood that and had desired to write all five, thank you for your enthusiasm.

      “The K-pop industry has global sales worth over $30m.”

      This statistic is from 2009. I expect the current sales number to be significantly higher. Perhaps a recent statistic would be more illuminating.

      • Zhansaya =C permalink
        October 13, 2012 3:25 pm

        Yes) I misunderstood((

      • Conor permalink*
        October 13, 2012 5:11 pm

        It’s ok, but please be careful in future.

  2. proftodd permalink*
    October 11, 2012 8:06 am

    This is an interesting article from yesterday’s Wal Street Journal entitled “A Swede Makes K-pop Waves”.

    http://blogs.wsj.com/scene/2012/10/09/a-swede-makes-k-pop-waves/

    I didn’t know that Swedes make a lot of K-pop music.

  3. Ann C permalink
    October 11, 2012 12:34 pm

    1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    As K-pop becomes popular around the world, more and more people from other countries get interest in Korea. So, they look for Korean songs and dramas and they even talk about them with their friends. So, without an effort, Korea can notify themselves to the world. It means that K-pop raises our nation’s status to a higher level. And also people who get interest in Korea and love Korea are eager to visit Korea and some of them really do. As tourism has recently emerged as the nation’s largest source of revenue, there’s a big growth in Korean economy with increasing number of tourists. Like these, the popularity of K-pop has beneficial effects on Korea in many ways. So, I think it is very important that K-pop is popular around the world.

    • October 11, 2012 12:56 pm

      Your comment is lacking in factual accuracy.

      1. tourism is far from the countries largest source of revenue.

      2. It is not without effort that Korea can publicise itself to the world – the music industry is a very dynamic industry that requires a lot of time and money for it to develop successfully.

      3. There is no such thing as ‘nation status’, and any idea of this is hierarchical and elitist, unless you can explain what you mean about it more clearly.

  4. handcream permalink
    October 11, 2012 11:49 pm

    Professor. Todd

    3.Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    Most K-pop stars have many fans and some are very enthusiastic.
    Sometimes they were so stolen their private life from their fans that they can’t
    enjoy their own life. As K-pop stars do something, some paparazzi would take
    pictures of them and upload photo on Internet. As K-pop stars go somewhere,
    some fans would follow them on the quiet. It must be terrible, I think. For the
    first time, to have many fans is good for them but as time goes by, I think stars
    would be tired of them. For that reason, I don’t want to become a K-pop star.
    I want to live peacefully and happily.

  5. Fresh permalink
    October 12, 2012 12:40 am

    Professor – Todd
    3.Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    – “When you enraptured by the melody of Bach, forgotten memories suddenly occur to me.” This is a part of lyrics in famous song,”TURN TO DUST” which is sung by participants of audition program.
    Nowdays, There’s a craze for audition program in Korea! Everybody dreams of becoming a singer. Today, most of students want to be a K-Pop star. A survey of students has found that most of students want to be a K-Pop star. But it’s hard to be chosen from the management company. If you are chosen for the agency, you have to practice and practice again about 4 to 8 years.Also you have to go through agency’s rigorous trainee program. This is not to say that you will always success. There are countless trainees giving up their dreams. Being a star is taking a lot of time and effort. So, I don’t want to be a star.

    • Shirley+C permalink
      October 13, 2012 12:20 am

      I agree with you. Many people want to be a singer, but high competition rate and low possibility of being a famous singer…

  6. Ourabi + C permalink
    October 12, 2012 8:22 am

    3.Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    If I were “super junior or SHINee, It would be interesting. They get around china, japan, europe, and other country to meet their fans. The. How great it is to have someone who loves you very much. How great it is to be famous. It seems great to become a K-pop star or to be famous. But I don’t want to become a K-pop star.

    Let’s think about how uncomfortable it is to be living in public eyes. someone in the public eye like a K-pope star can’t walk in the street freely. Their fans would follow them anytime and anywhere. Whenever I saw that a K-pop star were followed by fans in Myungdong or Gangnam in Seoul, I sympathized them.

    And Let’s think about how terrible it is to smile when they felt grief. They have to smile in pain to make us feel happy. Regardless of their emotion, or situation, They have to smile and seem to be happy. I heard story that a famous singer who gets divorced have to sing and smile in TV program. How miserable it is.

    I don’t want to live in this way.

  7. christine permalink
    October 12, 2012 12:54 pm

    professor : Todd
    2.K-pop is clearly a brand modeled on a highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. What are the major problems that these high standards have on a society, not just in Korea, but in outside of Korea?

    It is true that K-POP singers are highly sextualized aesthetical and physical beauty on these days. Most K-POP singers are trying to focus on these part. The major problem of this phenomeonon is that singers are estimated by sensational point, not by their ability to sing. Singer is the job who are sing very well and not the model who are attract people by aesthetic beauty. Therefore we must see singer’s ability to sing, not their sensational aspect or visual effect.
    In addition, it can lead more bigger social problem. Since singers are usually role-model to teenagers, many children who is growing will try to imitate them. It will lead to too much opened-sexual society. I think we need some plans to correct this trend.

    • October 12, 2012 4:27 pm

      Is there a bigger problem than having an overly sexualised society? What about people feeling forced to be too thin or to get plastic surgery? This is a serious issue that I don’t think is not addressed enough.

  8. Orange juice permalink
    October 12, 2012 3:47 pm

    Professor – Todd

    1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    It has important effect that K-pop is popular around world.
    Because, at first, K-pop star’s fans just love star’s song. so they need to learn Korean because of to understand K-pop son’s meaning. and as times go by, their fans love Korean food, culture and so on.
    And then, they can accept Korean product with no repulsion. So, korea economic effect can increase. On other words, the value of korea brand grow-up.

    • October 12, 2012 4:21 pm

      But why is this important that non Koreans can speak the language and know the culture? Korean multinationals do not have any connection with K Pop.

  9. Ronie permalink
    October 12, 2012 5:27 pm

    Professor-Todd

    1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    For me, as a Korean, it is important that K-pop is popular around the world. If K-pop be popular more and more, a bond of sympathy can develop between Koreans and world people. For example, I have experiences of homestay. An Australian girl, Lauren, came my home twice and a Japanese girl, Rikako came once. When I was talking with Lauren about some common subjects, we used to share each one’s ideas of world-famous movie stars and singers. I can say there is no border in their stories. But we didn’t have many chance talking about K-pop because there might be few famous Korean stars or songs popular around the world at that time. However, with Rikako, I was able to share common ideas about Girls’ Generation that is a famous group mainly in Asia(especially in Japan). I felt I can communicate fun with a foreigner by famous Korean stars. AIso I was so proud of that Rikako knew Girls’ Generation. If K-pop including PSY, other songs and singers be popular more, I can share my ideas with more and more forigners well, especially western culture people like Lauren.

    • Ronie permalink
      October 12, 2012 5:32 pm

      didn’t have many ‘chance’→’chances’

  10. lhnhsms C permalink
    October 12, 2012 5:40 pm

    3.Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    Being a K-pop star would be very tough. Most of people want to be superstar as we watching on audition program superstar K on tv. I’m sure that at first, being famous, everyone knows me, people shout for joy to me, all these would be exciting and feel electrifying. But as time goes by, there would be no private time to do anything freely in outside. And also becoming a K-pop star won’t be easy. It requires a lot of time and effort. I won’t be able to eat what I want to, sleep when I want to , meet someone who I want to and so on. But even though all those thing, I always have to smile to my fans and pretend I’m in a good mood. I don’t think that is a real life. So I don’t like to become a K-pop star.

  11. Dalin(T) permalink
    October 12, 2012 6:13 pm

    1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why and why not?

    (Professor, Todd)

    Personally, I think it is important that K-pop is popular around the world for several reasons. First of all, it can bring Korea to more economic advantages. For example, lots of foreign fans tried to visit Korea to attend jyj fan exhibition. Therefore, during staying in Korea, they made quite high economic benefits in lodging industry, restaurant business, and so on. In addition, Korean companies can sell their products to overseas countries more by using K-pop stars as marketing strategies. For instance, LG electronics chose popular K-pop, Girl`s generation as a their marketing icon so that this company gained more financial benefits. As a consequence, K-pop enables Korea to create economic values. Second, K-pop has taken the lead in exporting Korea`s culture thorough various media contents. Thus, Korean can share their metal values and customs with foreigners more effectively. Therefore, K-pop plays a significant role in brand marketing of Korea.

  12. Niles permalink
    October 12, 2012 6:41 pm

    Professor:Todd

    3.Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    I don’t want to be a K-pop stars. Because It seems to very hard and difficult to me. The reason frist, the k-pop star has not freedom. They always surrounded their fan and their company has keep managed the k-pop star. Also they always was invading of their privacy. Second, I have not talent like the K-pop star. I love music and sing. But I am not class enough to sing. If I become a K-pop star, maybe I have to lip-sync depend on machine.. Third, I have a dream in the future. It is become a traveler. Thus, I do not want to it. But K-pop has been a lot of help to inform of Korea culture. So I have expectation the k-pop like Gang-nam style.

    • Shirley+C permalink
      October 13, 2012 12:27 am

      Most students who chose number3 are saying that they don’t want to become a K-pop star because of privacy…

  13. Olivia Min permalink
    October 12, 2012 9:54 pm

    Prof. Todd

    3. Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    >> K-pop has given a lot help to inform the Korean entertainment industry. Furthermore, K-pop earns massive income from other country and it contributes to Korea’s economy, like killing two birds with one stone. What a terrific way to become a powerful Korea. But, on the other hand, we need to take a look at dark side of entertainment industry. In these days, most teenagers consider the stars as their role model in future life. They mimic what the stars do and pretend like a star, which is very common situation in their groups. I’m not saying, it is not a good idea to be a star, but I just want to make sure that a media should change the way to be shown on TV or other broadcast media. Usually, the media presents the stars life as if all of them are living in a luxurious life. And because of these exaggerations, most teenagers can not stop believing and so did I. When I was a teenager, I used to mimic their fashion style and wanted to be like them. But, as time goes by, I’ve noticed that there are so much serious problems in the entertainment world. For example, star suicide has been a hot issue for last 10 years and is becoming a more serious problem. There could be a lot of different reasons letting them to make this decision, but I think the feeling they’ve got from their carrier was maybe the most big part. Tremendous depression, melancholy, and gloom controlled their logical thinking and finally it ruined their life. What a totally unacceptable news! Above all, we should have learned something from K-POP world. Clearly, the view about this K-POP or K-POP stars depend on your personal perception and for sure, I don’t want to be a star anymore.

  14. Jin permalink
    October 12, 2012 10:11 pm

    1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?
    Until a few years ago, Korea is pop culture’s consumer not a producer. When the latest song was released from foreign country, we were enthusiastic to that song.
    But, recently, korea becomes not a consumer but a producer because of k-pop’s popularity. This popularity is very important because it brings tremendous economic benefits. K-pop creates economic benefits in a number of different ways. Firstly, k-pop makes money by holding a foreign country concert. Concert is held by huge k-pop agency and this agency makes money. Secondly, K-pop earns money not just only by song but also by touring and shopping connected by k-pop contents. People who are interested in korea after listening k-pop music visit korea and spend much money in their trip. Finally, if k-pop is help to boosting Korea’s global image, various field of industry would be expected to got a great financial benefits because global images is connected to quality of korean enterprise’s product. For theses several economic benefits, k-pop’s popularity is important to korea.

  15. Jacob permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:16 pm

    1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    Well, i think it’s great that in thesedays, K-pop is gettng more and more popular around th world. And i think the initial point was when Korea export drama named “가을연가” in Japan. And at the time, i didn’t expect Korea would be in the center of exporting culture. But now, situation changed. Countries around Korea are having interest in Korea and by this, Korea earns lots of money.For example, PSY got really famous and this caused people around the world to have interest in PSY. And this means, they also started to have interest in which country he is and where the country is. So maybe they might visit Korea and spend money in Korea. And these things might be advantages of K-pop. But what i don’t like is, Korea empasize exporting their culture too much. What i mean culture is, K-pop, drama and entertainers. Everybody, everywhere, we can hear ‘한류(hanlyu)’. And maybe many people are kind of sick of this. If people in other country like our culture, that’s really good thing. Thanks for them. But if they don’t like it, that’s fine. We don’t really have to enforce them to be interested in us.
    So, what i’m trying to say is that we don’t really have to be stuck in exporting ‘한류(hanlyu)’ and get stress when they don’t like it.

    pro. Todd

  16. Tank permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:28 pm

    Prof. Todd
    1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    I agree that it is important. First, it can promote our culture to other cultures. Many Korean heard once that If we visit other region, like Europe, usually European look as Japanese. I thought it is too shame, when I was young. But by promoted K-pop, many people began to notice about Korea. Second, it can be fresh culture shock to accepting culture. Certainly, other countries have their own features. We also have our own feature. Ours stimulate to other country. and finally both of all win by accepting Korea K-pop. Final reason is it takes Korea to world. As one of world member, we make to exchange each country. Because of these reasons, it is good to all.

  17. Shirley+C permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:47 pm

    4.How do you feel about the image of Korea that K-pop is presenting to the rest of the world?

    K-pop has become famous and popular in many other countries. As you know, most Korean singers who are very known well belong to a huge production company such as SM, YG and JYP entertainment. It has also been known that there is a slave contract like a long period confinement. I think K-pop is giving an image which a big company only makes Korean artists. A big company is like a factory and artists are like products. If a big company doesn’t exist, K-pop stars can’t be made. I mean K-pop stars are useless if they don’t get support from a big company. A company makes singers do everything the way the company wants. Many famous K-pop stars are nothing but puppets according to this perspective. So I sometimes feel that K-pop stars are almost similar. In other words, stars who belong to the same company are similar in their singing style and image of each group. They don’t have their own distinct individuality. For these reasons, there are many problems in the Korea’s pop industry. I hope there are many singers and artists who make, project their own music style. And I also hope K-pop craze will continue for a long time.

  18. yiji+c permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:50 pm

    I think it is important that K-pop is popular around the world. Because K-pop can inform korea to world and also K-pop can earn foreign currency. There are many advantages in many ways. I think there are a lot of problems from pursue beauty. Lookism block many people that want to be singer,but have not good looking. On the other hand, person who has beautiful face can be a singer easily although he or she has no ability to sing.It brings korea’s the worlds of singers collapes. I don’t want to be a singer. Because i don’t want to be infringed my privacy. Also i can’t sing well 😦 I think K-pop make curious about korea to other country’s people that know more and more. I am very pleasure that images about made by K-pop. In my opinion, cultural technology is way of communication to world. Also it could make people ignore all other obstacles. Psy is good example. He do role of missionary. He did his best to communicated with world’s people. I proud of K-pop.Because it moved toward globally. I want to emerge ‘Second Psy’,’Third Psy’.

  19. hehe C permalink
    October 12, 2012 11:59 pm

    1. Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    I think it’s important K-pop to be popular in the world.
    First, K-pop can contribute the diversity of the world. We are live in the age of diversity. K-pop has individuality in lots of pops in the world. So many people feel fresh and new when listen it. Second, there are many people in other countries don’ know about Korea. We know the culture of Europe or America which are great influence in the world, but they don’t have any information about Korea. So, if K-pop got popular, it’s an opporyunity to notify our culture for who don’t know us.
    Based on these reson, I think K-pop is important to popular.

  20. yoon +c permalink
    October 13, 2012 12:50 am

    3. Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?

    I would not like to become a K-pop star for two reasons. First, K-pop stars really put the pressure. They should always refrain from any graceless behavior because they are images of Korea. For example, they watch their mouth about Dokdo problem in Japan. Because It is too serious problem to Korea and Japan. If they say Dokdo problem wrong, they are blamed to the two coutries. So they should be careful about word and behavior. But I don’t like to be restrained my liberty. Second, the span of stars is limited. When they are the flower of their youth, they reach their peak. With advancing years , they can’t work anymore as much as they used to. So a K-pop star can’t live a stable life and feel uneasy for every day. But I want to get a secure job to my old age. I would not like become a K-pop star for these reasons. I will enjoy my freedom to the fullest and won’t worry about everyone’s attention.

  21. We-ro permalink
    October 13, 2012 10:59 am

    Professor. Tod.

    5.Lee Soo Man, the chairman of Korea’s most successful K-pop entertainment company, SM Entertainment, has described the process of creating and popularising K pop acts ‘cultural technology’. What do you think ‘cultural technology’ is? What examples of cultural technology can you see in K pop acts, and how do you feel about this description?

    I don’t like to describe the process of creating and popularising K pop acts ‘cultural technology’. The word, ‘Technology’, means methods, devices which are the result of scientific knowledge used for practical purposes. If anyone call you ‘a part of technology’, How do you feel about that? I will be very strange. Because I’m a human. I think human is purpose and technology is means. But for Lee Soo Man, singers of SM Entertainment is not pupil any more. They is invaluable products as the part of creating successful K-pop culture like a machine part. Many popular singers which was belonging to SM such as H.O.T and 동방신기 broke up because they receive unfair treatment. For example, although H.O.T was one of the most popular ‘cultural technolongy’ of SM, H.O.T members received a royalty of 20 won per one album. So, I dislike Lee Soo Man’s ‘cultural technology’ and such inhuman expression.

    • October 13, 2012 2:47 pm

      These are some good points, especially your understanding of the word technology.

    • We-ro permalink
      October 19, 2012 10:10 am

      lol Thank you sir!!!
      I’m happy 🙂

  22. October 13, 2012 2:47 pm

    Is

  23. May (Prof. Todd.) permalink
    October 13, 2012 8:54 pm

    5. Lee Soo Man, the chairman of Korea’s most successful K-pop entertainment company, SM Entertainment, has described the process of creating and popularising K pop acts ‘cultural technology’. What do you think ‘cultural technology’ is? What examples of cultural technology can you see in K pop acts, and how do you feel about this description?

    ‘Cultural technology’ means digital media for the arts and culture industry, including film, broadcast, games, music and animation industry to develop high-tech industry and know-how collectively.
    To be specific, ‘cultural technology’ means not only science technology related, but also the knowledge and know-how in the field of Humanities and social and cultural arts complex that includes a technology. Culture technology, the Internet and software-related industries, as well as the field of computer and broadcast video games, movies and content, in the field of toys, fashion, sports, crafts, and cultural life of the area arts, visual arts, performing arts and arts industry, spread out over a very wide range of cultural heritage and tourism industry. Therefore, Cultural technology of the Internet activation, digital content is likely to grow, according to the increasing demand for high value-added industries have been the focus of the world.
    For example, SM Entertainment ‘Girls of Generation’ has a powerful content. This content through the SNS effects of this enormous distribution. As seen in ‘ girl in the age of YouTube, ‘ The boys will make you want to see the footage repeatedly, and SNS is acting as a naturally SMTOWN marketers.
    Speaking of my think about the cultural technology, the effect of activating the Internet in modern society is huge. So I can’t ignore it. We should use it. To cut a long story short, State-of-the-art technology is that you can make money through culture.
    For these reasons, I think this representation, Culture technology, is appropriate. The singer is ‘Culture technician’ led ‘Culture technology’.

  24. Harry permalink
    October 14, 2012 12:59 am

    Professor. Tod.

    2.K-pop is clearly a brand modeled on a highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. What are the major problems that these high standards have on a society, not just in Korea, but in outside of Korea?

    Today, Highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty are very important feature in the world, expecially in Korea. I think highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty is what we need things, but it can makes some wrong problem. There are two problem if we regard them as a first priority. At first, It can make the society pursuit only appearance. For example K-pop has a strong influence on peple. So some people who love K-pop singers looks very beautiful want to be like them. So they do makeup and plastic surgery from early age. Second, It can make decadence of sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. For example, the singers such as Secret, 가인, and so on make their song very decadence because people want to see more highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty. And most female singers in billboard are also very decadence because of the same reason. In these reasons, I think highly sexualised aesthetical and physical beauty make people foolish and absurd. So we have to put emphasis on other features like personality, ability, and so on.

    • Woopia permalink
      October 14, 2012 3:03 pm

      Professor:Todd)

      3. Would you like to become a K-pop star? Why or why not?
      In my case, I don’t want to be a K-pop star. Of course, become one of the K-pop stars makes me very famous, rich. And other valuable things-like other famous people-comes to me. But I think route of as a entertainer is very hard I think. Especially, One of the article posted blog does mean if I’m a entertainer, I have to move always busy. And I have to think fast what is change. And most of the entertainer-who is very famous- has many talent.
      And conclusively, this is not my dream. That’s why Idon’t want to be a K-pop star.

  25. kelly permalink
    October 14, 2012 10:14 pm

    Prof.Todd. In my opinion, it is important that K-pop is popular around the world. K-pop has created many good effects in Korea. As more and more people are fascinated with K-pop, they purchase Korean singer’s CD, and sometimes visit Korea to see K-pop stars. Judging from these points, K-pop’s popularity is good for economic part in Korea. Also, K-pop’s popularity improve the awareness of country, Korea. people who didn’t know Korea get to know this country through K-pop. Finally, K-pop is more popular around the world, world people can know Korea’s culture in the field of music. for example, through Psy’s concert, world people may feel Korean singer’s stage is enthusiastic and frantic. so, I think K-pop’s popularity around the world is very important.

    • kelly permalink
      October 14, 2012 10:17 pm

      It is about question 1.

  26. marlcocoroz permalink
    October 14, 2012 11:12 pm

    4.How do you feel about the image of Korea that K-pop is presenting to the rest of the world?

    I am very worried. Because people who don’t know about korea music think that All Korean music are like a Justin bebier kind a pop singer seems to be manufactured in entertainment factory. And worried about people outside Korea think that In Korea, there were no singer like Jason mraz, Bruno Mars or no band like Greenday, Maroon5, Coldplay and so on. But that’s not true. there are briliant singers and bands Korea either. I’m glad that K-pop music became more popular and many people outside the Korea know about Korean music. But I don’t want people around world know korean music as just junk music like Justin bebier thing. People should know that there are Justin bebier in America and jason mraz and Bruno mars either. If attention in K-pop idol star develop into other real Korean musician like lee juk or lim jae bum it is good phenomenon. But if this attention disapear in just several years and become permanent pop music as this image, I don’t think it’s good phenomenome to Korean music and entertainer

  27. Sally permalink
    October 14, 2012 11:13 pm

    I think it is important that K-pop is popular around the world. Although Korea is very small country and Korean music’s status is not a high level, K-pop fever is occurred. we have to analyze this phenomenon. Because we have to know whether this phenomenon is temporary or not, and if it is temporary, we must establish a long-term plan to continue K-pop fever all around world. because K-pop is chance to notify Korea! Korean status become higher, there are much effects and benefits . For example, powerful nations which want to communicate korea will increase. And korea’s trade will become active, especially export will increase in many variety field as well as in things related k-pop. Anyway, k-pop fever may develop korea considerably, so it is really important that how to k-pop is so popular around the world.

    Professor Todd.

    • Sally permalink
      October 14, 2012 11:14 pm

      The answer about question 1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

  28. Broccoli permalink
    October 15, 2012 11:46 pm

    I’m sorry I’m late…:(

    Question: Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    I think it is very important to have our K-pop popular around the world since music is a very efficient way to connect people together. Through K-pops, foreign people would have the chance to get to know about Korean language, Korean culture, and Korea itself. The more they are familiar to Korean songs, the more they get interested in things related to Korea. For example, when I was in Laos for a volunteering project, the young Laotian students I spent time with were very familiar with K-pop songs. Whenever we were moving from one place to another by the Laotian traditional transportation, “Tuk-Tuk,” they were singing “Nobody” by Wondergirls. Naturally, they were very passionate to know about Korean culture, and we became close friends. Certainly, though well-known K-pops, people around the world can be more familiar to, and therefore, interested in Korea and its culture.

  29. Kitty+ C permalink
    October 15, 2012 11:57 pm

    1.Is it important that K-pop is popular around the world? Why or why not?

    I think the popularity of K-pop is not important even if I am a Korean. I agree with that PSY have been successful But before he came up, I think there was very few popularity about K-pop. In Korea, many news or magazines said that K-pop getting popular around the world. But when I ask that K-pop is really popular to my cusins who are lives in USA, switzerland, germany. But they answered ‘not very much’. They said some weired girls and boys like korean I-dol star. So I think Korean media had overstated. It is true that PSY is a big hit. I think it is important that ‘PSY’ who is korean is popular aroung the world not a K-pop. We can’t generalize that all of K- pop musis is popular like PSY’s gangnam stlye. In his case, It is his success not a K-pop’s success. We have to be proud of the fact that Big hit musician is a Korean man not a K-pop’s popularity.

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