The documentary Crossing the Line, encompasses the life of James Joseph Dresnok, an American who defected to North Korea in 1962 and has made the totalitarian state his home. His dreadful childhood and the hardships he faced in life seem to be the driving factor in his decision to defect to North Korea. Director Daniel Gordon takes a neutral stand on Dresnok’s decision and this enables Dresnok to share his view of North Korea. Although this documentary does not provide a clear cut understanding of the unitary nation, as Dresnok has a very biased view of it, it is enough to conjure up prevalent political themes that are present in this documentary. Totalitarianism and realism, propaganda, and corruption, are significant political themes depicted It provides citizens with misleading and biased views in the hopes to gain strong patriotism from it’s people. Joe Dresnok’s entire life is based upon propaganda; his survival, his lifestyle, and everything he has, is due to the mere fact that the DPRK used him as a propaganda tool to achieve their goal of notifying their citizens of the U.S as being a corrupt and evil nation. All the defectors are portrayed on magazines and newspapers, Dresnok is used to lure American soldiers, and defectors are also utilized as American villains in north Korean films. Propaganda is a vital factor for the North Korean government, as being a totalitarian state, it is the only way to keep their people engaged and obedient. As mentioned earlier, Dresnok’s life is stable in a nation where millions of people are malnourished and mistreated; his sons attend the most prestigious colleges and their life is pretty secure comparing to other Korean citizens. An interview with Dresnok’s two sons Ted and James posted on the Washington Post proves that they themselves are glorifying propaganda by agreeing to do these interviews in the first place and appearing on Korean shows as villains, just like their father had done. Anna Fifield states, “…But his sons were apparently trotted out to extol the glories of the “socialist paradise” into which they were born. Each In my opinion this documentary does not adequately provide much historical and factual information about a nation, instead it seems to be a brain-washed narrative of a man who was beaten down by life and finally feels superior. His ignorance and comfortable lifestyle disables him to comprehend the real matter at hand, the hardships the citizens face, and a tyrannical rule in the
Blaine Harden, former national correspondent and writer for the New York Times, delivers an agonizing and heartbreaking story of one man’s extremely conflicted life in a labor camp and an endeavor of escaping this place he grew up in. This man’s name is Shin Dong-hyuk. Together, Blaine Harden and Shin Dong-hyuk tell us the story of this man’s imprisonment and escape into South Korea and eventually, the United States, from North Korea. This biography that takes place from 1982-2011, reports to its readers on what is really going on in “one of the world’s darkest nations” (back cover of the book), that is run under a communist state and totalitarian dictatorship that was lead by Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and currently lead by Kim-Jong un. In Escape from Camp 14, Shin shows us the adaptation of his life and how one man can truly evolve from an animal, into a real human being.
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1984 demonstrates a dystopian society in Oceania by presenting a relentless dictator, Big Brother, who uses his power to control the minds of his people and to ensure that his power never exhausts. Aspects of 1984 are evidently established in components of society in North Korea. With both of these society’s under a dictator’s rule, there are many similarities that are distinguished between the two. Orwell’s 1984 becomes parallel to the world of dystopia in North Korea by illustrating a nation that remains isolated under an almighty ruler.
Yun, Tae-gyu. The Constitution of North Korea: Its Changes and Implications. [New York, N.Y.]: Fordham University School of Law, 2004. Print.
Some people, like us, live in a democratic society, where we are allowed to express our opinion and to fight against our rights and freedoms. But other societies such as North Korea are a lot different, you do not have a say, the government breaks all basic human rights and they murder, rape, torture, imprisonments, and so on. People in these societies are sad, poor, and do not realize the full potential of life. North Korea is a great example of a dystopian society that has significant social problems, much like other dystopias in movies and books. The book Fahrenheit 451 and the movie The Matrix have lots of similarities when it comes to dystopian features and the control of the government . A similar dystopian feature is that the government
As countries in today’s world are becoming more globalized, one country, North Korea, has stayed and moved in the complete opposite direction since it was divided in 1948. North Korea, described by many as a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship, but is officially deemed as a “socialist republic” state, is one of five remaining communist states and one of only two remaining countries that have an almost entirely government planned, state-owned economy.
Throughout this article, Dr. Fyodor Tertitskiy emphasizes that North Koreans are exposed to propaganda at an early age by the cruel cartoons and films displayed on television. These specific cartoons and films must send out an ideological message, specifically a patriotic one, in order to be approved by the state. One example is the North Korean television show “A Squirrel and a Hedgehog.” The show consists of a group of characters known as allies who constantly call their enemies negative remarks such as “bastards” and “scum”, using violence as a technique to defeat them. At first, one may think that it is a kid-friendly show just reading its title, however, little does one know that it is one of the many brutal cartoons shown in North Korean
The author's discussion of North Korea's use of propaganda contributes to the development of ideas in the text by stating their country uses propaganda extensively. One reason, that supports the author's discussion of North Korea's use propaganda is the restricted use of internet access over there. The author states, " In North Korea, access to the Internet is restricted to ensure it is more difficult for citizens to access non-government media sources." So, this means that the leaders or the government of North Korea do not tolerate their citizens gathering up information of the government related. This shows that they are controlling their citizens and also, shows that the government is cautious if their citizens being exposed to something
It can be argued that North Korea has been a totalitarian state since the formations of the Democratic People’s republic of North Korea on September 9th 1948. In 1949 Kim-il sung became the chairman of the workers party of Korea. Throughout 1949 Kim-il sung’s power began growing rapidly, as he created totalitarian rule in North Korea and eliminated any other parties that stood in his way. Kim-il sung became the Prime Minister of North Korea from 1948-1972. In 1972 he became president and ruled as such until 1994. Finally, he was made the Eternal president of North Korea for eternity. Kim-il sung ruled as a cruel totalitarian leader using fear as a tactic to force other to believe in the false accusations he was saying. An example of this was that he said the diseases that were spreading across North Korea were intentionally caused by the United States. When people didn’t believe him he created a large purge to force people to accept his remarks. Kim-il sung also used prison camps to get rid of anyone who opposed him. When Kim-il sung died his son Kim-Jong il too up power of North Korea in 1994. ...
After the Korean War, North Korea was devastated. The USA had dropped more bombs on their country than what they had during the Second World War. The capital city of Pyongyang was completely destroyed and the people’s moral was very low after the failed attempt to unite the north with the south. The leader Kim Il Sung needed a plan to give the people of North Korea a brighter picture of what the future had in store. Kim Il Sung also wanted to increase his influence in the workers’ party as well as starting a cult of personality, in order to do so he had to have the support from the people and so he set forth the Juche ideology. This essay will explore the nature of Juche ideology; its relationship to Korean society; the similarities and differences from Marxist-Leninist thought and how it helped to consolidate Kim Il Sung’s absolute power in North Korea.
Throughout the global media North Korea’s isolation and Harsh rule has become increasingly secretive, although some facts have been detected (“North Korea Profile”, 1). According to data collected from The Guardian, eighty-one out of one-hundred people in South Korea have access to the internet, yet in North Korea around .1 out of one-hundred people have access to the internet . Not only is the greater population of North Korea disconnected from outside sources, yet leaders in North Korea are also isolated from outside sources; putting themselves at a disadvantage. North Korea may launch a war, but they are unaware as to what they are up against because of its secrecy . Around one million are serving in the North Korean Army, but when South Korea’s army; combined with the U.S’s army (their ally), the ratio of the North Korean Army is signi...
Kim's policies are prone to be in the long term interest of the general population of North Korea, he has been captured building youngsters' healing center and orphanages, and his development of entertainment meccas in the nation. Yet, in spite of the religion of identity that Kim has made, North Korea still sees as the murky nation