Nice article on Psy’s recent rise to fame <a href=”http://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_entertainment/553444.html”>here</a>.
And an even better one that takes a closer look at the video <a href=”http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/08/gangnam-style-dissected-the-subversive-message-within-south-koreas-music-video-sensation/261462/”>here</a>. It was coming across that that made me take a second look and see, as they say, that it’s satire (oh my gosh! in korea?). Which is really cool. It’d be nice if Koreans could develop the ability to have a bit of a laugh at themselves.
The area of seoul called gangnam is shown briefly in a few shots in the video, but it makes me wonder what people overseas must think the place is like. Because, just like every other part of seoul, it’s an overcrowded, noisy, trash-strewn cement jungle. BUt satire is always a double-edged sword, it makes fun but it also promotes the thing it’s making fun of, especially to people who are new to it.
Psy’s playing at my one-horse college tonight. Since we have no one to actually ask how such a thing came about, me and the co-works guess that he was booked last year or something. I would go, but I’m sure it’ll be bedlam since it’s free to get in.