btw... allow me my moment of delusions of grandieur: but I GOT (maaabe?) to have at least a something to do with this comment:
"Some overseas commentators say that watching Korean people live with the Internet is like having a crystal ball that looks into the future."
I've posted that line like how many times around here and eleswhere over the years? (*bangs head up against wall*).
(ok, moment over) lol
Anyway this guy sums stuff up well...including the frustrations of trying to even participate (I can't tell you how many times I've wanted to throw my computer out the window trying to sign up for stuff in korean sites).
The DMZ between the Korean internet and Rest of the World is big, thick and strong. And it has nothing to do with nucs (haha).
I beat my head up against the wall regularily trying to convince people outside the "Korea internet"(like *ahem* in here) about how more attention should be payed to the stuff going on out here, and then beat the other side of my head trying to explain all the cool stuff and great stuff outside Korean internet.
Please excuse me as I soapbox a bit (I don't get out much. :p):
I have to say that this is fairly representative or analogous to the HALLU wave (korean cultural products, like TV dramas and movies) that is apparently sweeping asia (namely china, japan and much of SE Asia) as well as the internet. (I mean its funny to think that I even refer to it as "the Korean internet" as they really are different things.
the inclusive and often "mania" driven culture (as I've said "gotta do it the korean way") permeates all levels of business and society here (including the internet), as I've said and can't stress enough. But that has, imo, allowed korea to advance well beyond (in many cases) the rest of the world in many areas, or certainly at least, along a different path.
Either way, Korean "stuff" is a very distinctly Koreanized. Such that, things done in Korea ARE distinctly Korean, ie: they can be branded, sold, capitalized, whathaveyou as such.
To repeat: Korea is like a true "local" niche market...only its HUGE
that applies to everything in Korea but in terms of the internet: take that population (30 million netizens--of 48 million total), make them VERY internet savvy (relatively speaking), give them nature conducive for "mania/trends" and game/techie related stuff, put them all pyscho fast broadband...then throw up walls towards most anything else non-korean internet.
you have a good recipe for some interesting internet products.
(disclaimer: note, I am NOT saying that koreans do not LIKE things non-korean or any such qualitative implication. For example, much of the "singular focus" I think could be attributed to simply preferring one's native language (duh) and not being about the read english well. totally different conversatoin.)
the irony of course, this flies in the face of the drive to be an more globalized, international and "open" ...prerequistites to be an "advanced" country (to go by the economic and world stats type definitions). Every day the paper is littered with articles relating to such matters of local vs. international.
Its quite true that for every new cool korean internet thing (for example) I find/learn, I can easily find something else that I can't believe my korean compatriots have straightup never even heard of. Amazon who? googlewhat? S.E.O huh? etc etc. (this is true for non-internet related business and pop-culture things here as well.) I still don't even know WHY they make everyone jump through 290384098 hoops just to register on a site).
its a quite a paradox--on many levels. Ya gotta "open up" if you want to join the internationalization and advancement in a true world power.... or so they say. But if Korean internet is any example, that might just water down your drive and creativity ("I don't wanna play by those rules").
eitherway.....I'll say it AGAIN. Korean internet market deems watching. It WILL open up slowly here and there....and here and there ppl will start catching on
ok. that's it from me for now....
gotta go tailgate the googlebus......LOL. ^^ :p
btw: saw the google bus the other day. 11pm at night at the Korean night market. Man, that thing still cracks me up....but apparetnly its being quite well received. It IS true that grass roots campaigns can work VERY well here (for many of the reasons I stated above)...so maybe big G is onto something afterall. guess we'll have to see^^. I'm still waiting for the BIG PUSH.....which I've waiting for like 3 years now for, but hey....... it will happen... dangit! IT WILL! lol (maybe my crystal ball is broken. lol).
[edited by: Woz at 7:36 am (utc) on June 22, 2005]
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