The PBS show Frontline is doing a show this week about North Korea. It was on last night and I missed it, but it's being rerun on Friday at 7:00 p.m. on 11.2 (WTTW Prime). Thought I'd mention it here because Frontline is usually a very well-done program. So they probably will have some interesting stuff we haven't seen before.
P.S. We can watch it and then go straight to bed so we're awake enough for Jeong Dojeon. UGH!
I did catch it Friday. It was pretty good. Some of it was the same old stuff...showing scenes of poverty, you can shoot footage of poverty in probably every country (including ours) and make the country look bad. But the stuff about how information and technology are starting to trickle into the country, that was very interesting because eventually it's what's going to bring down the regime and there's no way they can stop it. (Same with China, hopefully.) And like ginny I was amazed at the footage of citizens pushing back against authority. The woman running the taxi service, the way she hounded that soldier and even pushed him away--and in public in broad daylight. And nothing happened to her.
I was sort of disappointed in it, though. These programs never want to take the next step and talk about what happens when the regime crumbles. How the heck are you going to get that country to function properly? Just fixing the minds of the citizens after the decades of baloney being pumped into their heads, I've always wondered how difficult that's going to be. How many of them totally buy into it, or partially, or not at all? It was tough enough to get Eastern Europe going forward again and this one will be way, way tougher. I wish people would talk more about what that's going to take, so we're ready for it when it happens.
I actually had this idea of an sci-fi alternate future story in which the Koreas are finally unified, but with lingering problems, such as the economy collapsing due to both countries' being uneven (just like in Germany), South Korean soldiers occupying the North, martial law, remaining members of the regime being hunted down due to a bill called the WPK Prosecution Act, and an underground movement of North Korean loyalists.
That woman got off lightly? I expected her brains to be all over the place.
At least in East Germany they were all watching Western television and knew how bad their country was doing. And the people didn't like the government and hadn't been brainwashed. But what happens in NK? You can't just throw the border open after the regime falls because everybody will try to leave. And what happens to their minds when they realize that they've been feed crap their whole lives? No, the USA isn't out to get you. No, you're leaders weren't gods. No, you don't have any clue about how hopelessly behind the rest of the world you are because you were kept totally in the dark. It's going to be a very, very difficult transition for them and it's probably going to cost huge amounts of money just to keep their society from collapsing.
Like I said, that's the kind of thing they should be focusing on. The regime sucks, we already know that.
I wonder what their armed forces would do if their government collapsed? Scary thought. China probably doesn't look forward to that development, being right on their border. There would be no more preference for the military for delivery of food, so they might get desperate afterwards. Sailors on ships could leave the area and become pirates soon after a collapse. Also, someone will still have the power to launch rockets.