A Heartfelt Message to Kim Jong Un

So I’ve heard a lot of mixed messages about North Korea and its surveillance and privacy towards its tourists.

So I thought, what better way than to go straight to the main man himself via Twitter.

But no reply..

So I tried one of the Supreme Leaders best mates:

But still, no dice. – Final try:

The reason I tried to get in contact with Kim Jong Un is because I’d heard a lot of mixed messages about the experiences Westerners have had in DPRK.

So I dug straight to the core and interviewed one of my friends who spent 5 days there. Here are some of her photos from her experience, take a close look at the propaganda postcards, how pleasant!

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Images supplied by my friend who for contract reasons must stay anonymous.

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North Korea is a backwards country, and according to my friend’s interview, everybody is constantly monitored to follow the country’s rigid lifestyle.

Did you know, that if you went to North Korea, your SnapStreak on Snapchat would end? There is no internet access for Westerners, let alone the majority of its citizens.

Some of you might say, “Great! Now the government couldn’t track me, and I can do anything.” Although considering you no longer have the internet, you no longer have a need to be tracked.

According to Cha (2011, pp. 615), internet users give away too much information, with only 20% of internet users reading the privacy terms and conditions. I know I’m guilty of doing this. The misconception that our data is retained in a safe place is all too wrong.

Quinn’s study (2016, pp.81) states that the determining factors of our social presence rely on the independent qualities of a user. In other words, it really depends on who you would like to appear as online.

At the end of the day, North Korea can teach us a very valuable lesson. You can control the way the media looks at you, but only to a specific targeted audience. The rest of the outside world can form any view upon you without knowing the real “truth”. It’s extremely valuable and important that you form a solid persona, control it, and remember that somebody is always watching. North Korea is reported to be a dark, terrible, country; the Western world has very limited insight, and from what we have learned, it’s the last place you want to be.  Don’t build your social profile like North Korea has built their outsider’s perspective.

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Cha, J 2011, ‘Information privacy: a comprehensive analysis of information request and privacy policies of most-visited Web sites’, Asian Journal of Communication, vol. 21, no. 6, pp. 613-631. Available from: 10.1080/01292986.2011.615942. [1 September 2016].

Quinn, K 2016, ‘Why We Share: A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Privacy Regulation in Social Media Use’, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, vol. 60, no. 1, pp. 61-86. Available from: 10.1080/08838151.2015.1127245. [1 September 2016].

“When the Internet goes down in North Korea, there aren’t many to notice.” PRI’s The World 23 Dec. 2014. Literature Resource Center. Web. 1 Sept. 2016.


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