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A week of distorted reality, wacky cartoons and surprisingly catchy propaganda. In recent years, North Koreans have populated a new wave of talk shows, reality TV programs and dramas — each of them promising viewers a. A female reality show contestant committed suicide while the cameras were rolling on one of South Korea's most watched TV channels.
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I began to get the feeling the network had no consideration for what the viewer wished to see. Work, work, work, work, work.
The news reports followed a familiar pattern: Seven minutes throughout the week were devoted to introducing collective farms and discussing how tons of manure were ready for cultivating in the spring. And then there were a variety of reports on factories—13 minutes total, including a nine-minute report on the medicine factory Kim inspected on Friday.
Korean Central Television Korean Central Television shows workers handling manure, a common theme during the channel's broadcasts. The anchor would often brag about factories achieving record-breaking production rates. More than anything, it was amazing how hard collective farms around the country worked to produce manure. In just one week, North Korea already had a collective farm in Anbyeon, Chungwoon, Uiju and Shinuiju that had finished preparing manure for the spring season of farming.
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Not to mention manufacture factories that created the best quality goods — all type of goods — for the people. In a sock factory, laborers passed down the know-how of maneuvering factory machinery.
And if Kim visits a facility, which is considered a great honor for those who work there, the news proudly puts it as the top report of the day. Only photographs were shown as the anchor explained how Kim motivated the workers to achieve quality and modernize factory facilities to produce better medicine. Renewable energy plants light up the picturesque Pyongyang sky, state TV says. And of course, no one suffering from famine or the infringement of their personal rights are anywhere to be found.
We know that the communist country that pretends to be so wealthy in its own broadcasts has actually asked for food and financial aid from abroad. Everywhere else is the worst North Korean TV has no hesitation in slandering other countries. She was also friends with my younger sister.
But, despite our good relationship, she ended up joining the military and I was left behind. I met my second girlfriend through a mutual friend and, to my surprise, she asked me out. Looking back on those days I have absolutely no regrets and I loved my second girlfriend dearly. In my high school days when I was highly sentimental, my fellow students and I would go on dates in the park only when it was completely pitch black outside.
In this kind of environment, we had no choice but to see each other hidden behind the trees or in basements of apartment blocks late at night — or among others at group events like birthday parties. But when you graduate from high school, there is less reason to be secretive. At this age, couples go on to spend a lot more time together without having to care about about what other people might think.
Dates at theatres, parks and even on the benches at the square right in front of Kim Il-sung were all possible! When I lived in Pyongyang, the best place to meet girls was at the social club. In North Korea, social clubs were hosted for the masses, and for the young generation on holidays.
One of the show's stars, Yeonmi Park, has since written a book in which her account of her former life differs significantly from the version she related on the show. Ms Park has previously put these inconsistencies down to "miscommunication" and "misunderstandings", as well as gaps in her memory. The show's head writer Hee-jung Jang told Lateline that what some people referred to as the "scandal" surrounding Yeonmi was "something that's happened as part of her growing up". Eunhee recognises the show's limitations.
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Television shows are also business ventures, she said, and may sometimes be edited to make things seem more dramatic. On the whole though she thinks defector television is a positive thing, helping North and South to move "closer together". Sokeel Park agrees, arguing that although the shows have been criticised for being sensationalised, "on the plus side, this has brought [stories of North Koreans] to millions of South Koreans sitting in their living rooms flicking through the channels".