The Post Kim Jong Il Propaganda Machine: A Photo Summary
Like many who have an interest in international affairs, the death of Kim Jong-il sparked a new curiosity for digging deeper into the propaganda machine that has been brainwashing the people of North Korea for decades.
Over the past few days I have spent a great deal of time reading through some of the various websites maintained by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and after each article I find myself even more fascinated (and concerned) with what this regime has been able to do through long-term psychological warfare.
Even though all of the websites are in Korean, using the translate feature in Google Chrome makes most of the articles understandable. I’ll include links to the various sites I’ve been reading, but before that I just wanted to share some of the photos released by the DPRK media following the death of Kim Jong-il.
These are truly mind-boggling:
I’ll be the first to admit that when I initially saw coverage of the reaction of North Korean’s to the death of Kim Jong-il, my immediate response was that they were likely acting to play in to the propaganda machine. But after thinking about it, as crazy as it is, I have no doubt that there are probably people in North Korea that have no idea what to do with themselves, simply given the god-like status the Kim’s have given themselves.
While coverage of the transition will likely fade in the American media, I’ll try to post any interesting things I come across.
In the meantime, here are some links to the various website run by the DPRK:
Korean Central News Agency: http://www.kcna.kp
“Our People Speak:” http://www.uriminzokkiri.com/
Rodong Sin Mun: http://www.rodong.rep.kp/
Note: I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a novice when it comes to North Korea, so if anyone additional things that they would like me to share, simply leave them in the comments section
All Images are from KCNA.kp