This year I have finally joined the world of video streaming. I am still only exploring different service providers, and I haven’t completely abandoned traditional TV, but it has been an interesting few months nevertheless, personally and professionally.
Here are a couple of items that resonate with my own observations.
- How artist imposters and fake songs sneak onto streaming services (Noah Yoo, Pitchfork, 21 August 2019)
- Déjà View: The psychology behind the ‘rewatch’ (John Jurgensen, The Wall Street Journal, 8 October 2019)
- RT @MuseWendi labor is turning entirely into part-time gigs (“gig economy”), but there is also a creeping problem of what i call “rental consumption,” in which we no longer actually own anything despite paying exorbitant amounts of money. see: streaming music, video, books, subscription phones… (29 November 2019)
There indeed are so many ‘fine prints’ when we discuss diversity and inclusion. The silver lining is that we see many pithy attempts to call them out. “오빠가 허락한 페미니즘” is another fascinating one. This controversy surrounding Olafur Eliasson’s ongoing exhibition, In Real Life, at Tate Modern is an embarrassing case in point that artists and museums “only produce, curate, exhibit art for certain bodies“, even for an exhibition that claims to be about agency and co-creation.
And the illustration below.
((c) 2015-2019 kevinbolk, original here)
A frequently expressed comment in response to a recent motel molka scandal:
In the meantime, in the Sinophone world:
‘Escape the corset’: South Korean women rebel against strict beauty standards (Benjamin Haas, The Guardian, 26 October 2018)
Lipstick, hair dye, & power — How beauty is fuelling a revolution in North Korea (Lexy Lebsack, Refinery29, 18 May 2019)
Whelks caught in Wales are South Korean ‘aphrodisiac’ (Neil Prior, BBC News, 10 February 2019)
👆 You are witnessing how an ‘urban legend‘ is born. An ‘Othered’ one at that. Whelks are not considered as aphrodisiac in Korea. It is a horrendous slang word to refer to women who have passed out on date rape drugs.
RT @AskAKorean This image haunted me for this seollal. On the crowded LNY trains, all the old people are in the standing seats because they can’t figure out how to book tickets online […] (5 February 2019)
LNY is a big holiday, so lots of Koreans travel home. Train tix for LNY sells out within minutes of being available for sale. And most of them are snapped up online. If you don’t know how to book tickets online, like many old people are, you are often out of luck.
The article describes old folks who show up to the train station hours early just so they can have a shot at buying train tickets. When they’re lucky enough to do so, they are often relegated to standing tickets. Hence, the messed up trains where only the old people stand.
S Korea is the most wired society in the world, and it often decides to simply let people who can’t keep up stay behind and suffer. I hate seeing this type of scene happening again and again.
Had a shaky start to 2019. Was down with the flu early January and I was out of commission for a week. It was a record in a sense. In the past, even when I was unwell, I didn’t usually take more than one day off, and I would still check my work inbox occasionally throughout that day. This time I was barely able to sit up, let alone move around, for one whole week. So I ended up doing nothing but drinking lots of tea and water while watching, in a half-asleep state, the full series of Parks and Recreation for the first time. The lesson of all this might have been that I am no longer that youthful version of me.
Well, actually, my resolutions are always the same: less sugar, less screen time on commute, and sleep earlier. Always these same ones, always failing to keep them, and always rolling them over to the next year. As a desperate measure, I have turned to audiobooks — something I would never have imagined myself doing. I don’t even like ebooks that much, so this is a pretty big leap for me. I am pleasantly surprised so far with this new commuting experience — but don’t confuse my new found love for audiobooks with how I feel about commuting.
Most importantly, happy Korean New Year!