A Second Thought about Political PR in North Korea

Maybe I AM getting a little obsessed with the absurdity of this country's peculiar political environment as it always reminds me of the darkest twenty years of "Culture Revolution" in modern Chinese history.

A second thought about political PR in North Korea. Maybe it is not accurate to say that the country has no political PR as the political propaganda to the public and to foreign visitors are also part of the special political PR. And I have to admit no matter how ridiculous we think it is, North Korea is doing an excellent job of political propaganda to the people.

A lot of pictures in North Korea taken by a Hong Kong resident called himself Pazu (online ID) who has paid a recent visit there. Thanks to him and his Nikon (which has a "hide" button to prevent all the pictures been deleted by the local authority), we can have a peak of the real situation in North Korea.

All pictures copyrights reserved to Pazu.

The Media

All the great stories about Kim Il Sung

All the stamps are for propaganda too(are stamps part of the media too?), 216 is the birthday of Kim Il Sung

In the train, in the hall, both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jiong-il's images but been seen everywhere at any time.

Only Kim Il Sung's statue is facing the South( In East Asia culture, facing south means the respect)

The simple way of repeated appearances of images and messages has worked quite effectively. North Korean people today still holds strong worship to their political leader and to their political system.

North Korean people are waiting for the tourists to leave, and then bow to the statue of Kim Il Sung and show their respect and worship.

Pazu's full ablum about North Korea: http://www.douban.com/photos/album/24923563/?start=0

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