Friday 19 April 2013

On North Korea

A link to the website of the Korean Central News Agency:

You could do worse than spend ten minutes here, to see how things are done in this dud state. Toby Lichtig has written brilliantly about the strident, weirdly boneless language deployed by the party hacks (see his piece on the TLS blog, which I've linked to my own) and I'll shortly be posting something about the language used by American fundamentalist religious cults, which has many overlaps with the sinister hysterical balls propagated on the KCNA site.

Auden nailed it when he wrote of an intellectual regime under which 'what is not forbidden is compulsory'.


Here's a taster of KCNA coverage (added after the original blog) from 18th April:

Participants in Art Festival Visit Museum of Weapons and Equipment of KPA
Pyongyang, April 18 (KCNA) -- The participants in the Third April Spring People's Art Festival visited the Museum of Weapons and Equipment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) on Thursday.

They looked round various rooms and outdoor exhibition places, being briefed on the fact that the museum was splendidly built under the energetic leadership of the dear respected Kim Jong Un.

They went round strategic rockets and various kinds of weapons and combat and technical equipment in the museum.

Sounds like a hell of a day.

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