According to The Economist‘s latest article, “Weird but wired” (What a title…), Kim Jung-il believes there are three kinds of fool in the 21st century: smokers, the tone-deaf and the computer-illiterate. The tone-deaf bit makes it sound almost like a random choice, but the article is anyway to tell us North Korea’s Internet economy is, at least in some places, overheating. I would never have known they do online gambling [!] and online dating [!!].
It would be naive and even techno-utopian to believe the Internet will eventually reunify us. However, I stay positively interested in observing the unique role the Internet plays in the context of the Korean peninsula.
BTW, the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue, Christopher Hill, has just said in a press conference in Seoul that Bush has a ‘strong desire’ to declare the termination of the Korean war during his term. What does that mean?