Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Links for April 2018

It's time for another link roundup. Stuff I read in April that interested me.

Links for April 2018

Inter-Korean summit

You can find plenty about this around the web. Here's a few bits I liked:

Here's that image up close:

This Korean life

Tech stuff

Naver's comments problem

A lot about Naver in the news this month, as the "Druking" scandal was revealed.

Basically somebody was running bots to upvote pro-gov comments. Push these pro-gov comments to the top, make people think that's what people think. But then he started wanting some favor compensation, got denied, and switched sides to smear the government. All very wild. 

The main issue here I think is that how all these comments/upvotes are kept in the Naver ecosystem. Not like they're spread out among various news outlets' websites. So people are questioning if Naver News should just link to the stories a la Google News, instead of hosting them (and therefore also hosting the comment discussions). 

Yoo Byung Jae's comedy special

Comedian Yoo Byung Jae, fomerly of SNL:Korea and now under the YG agency, made news this month for staring in a stand-up comedy special produced by Netflix. It was called "Black Comedy" (블랙코미디) but it seems to have had an English working title of "Too Much Information." I point this out because has anyone noticed that young Koreans are seeming to use the phrase "TMI" a lot lately? It's like they just heard of this phrase now. It's like it time warped from 20 years ago. Weird.

Anyway here are some links about it:

It looks like Netflix has put up English subtitles for it, so if you're a subscriber check it out. Or maybe just for the trailer. I don't know. I don't have Netflix. I have, um, something else.

Catch some YouTube clips of the show here, here, and here.


Some Twitter stuff

Just a few other things I put up on Twitter. Don't want to leave the RSS/E-mail subscribers out of the fun.

That's it for this month. Happy reading, folks.

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