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Just about to start on BBC1.
Should be a laugh.
is super grating
before the lights go off ONE MORE TIME...
always manages to grate.
He was the one who lost his temper with the Scientology spin doctor and had to apologise.
puts a "let's send this clown to North Korea as punishment" spin on the story
I'm sure at some point on the BBC (5Live most likely) I heard someone describing North Korea, without any hint of irony, as a country that can't provide for its poorest citizens.
Watched one of those Vice travel documentaries on it once and it didn't seem like such a bad place. They had pretty rigorous security measures surrounding the crew, but you would, wouldn't you?
was SO much better than this BBC one.
Parts of it looked like Liverpool.
on North Korea, mate
to present the Dr not letting him in to film as being unreasonable. If you turned up at a UK hospital, unannounced, with a camera they'd tell you to piss off. I'm sure he said something ' Please, don't treat me like this' or something :D
They'd all be shit scared of saying something contraversial
i felt sorry for the people being oppressed and starving and all that. but then when he went to s. korea and it was all mcdonald's and starbucks signs and shit i thought, you know what, fuck that too.
it was like the two political sides or my brain were just fucking each other off. pretty apt, given the subject matter.
Like most of the US puppet state alternatives (eg like Taiwan and numerous central american states), it received huge, huge funding from the US (like the others did from the USSR and China), and again there was no democracy until fairly recently. It was only in the late-1980s that S.Korea gained democracy - before that it was a far-right military dictatorship run as a neo-liberal economy with no welfare state, high poverty, social unrest and low life expectancy. It was only when the military finally relented and allowed free elections that the standard of living started to pull away from that in the North.
and i don't really think a reply as thoughtless as mine warrants any sort of intelligent measured response as the level given marckee.
i was just considering both sides of the spectrum and how there are things wrong everywhere.
I probably saw an equivalence there in your post which didn't really exist.
And as Marckee says, SK wasn't a particularly great place before the mid 80's. I wonder how SK would deal with re-unification from an economic perspective - the gap between SK & NK seems far greater than West and East Germany. And although it's very difficult to know, it does seem that NK is culturally isolated in a way that East Germany wasn't - many East Germans were listening to western radio, circulation of forbidden publications, that sorta thing.
but one of our North Korean guides was a big Britney Spears fan :D
I mean, yes of course it is well behind the world average in terms of infrastructure and health and so on, but something about this terminology seems quite crude and insensitive in a serious political documentary given the scale of human suffering in the country at present.
Paxman fucking rebels in it, the wanker.
I mean, nothing that isn't already well documented or known.
The way people had been going on about the Panorama programme had made it out like they'd gotten access to secret military bases, or something. Talk about stirring up shit for nothing.
I'd actually would have liked to have heard more from the defectors, rather than that smug prick waffling on about how the power kept on going on and off.
They gained no new information and it was all a bit pointless.
and said he already knew of most of the stuff in it from my photos and stuff I've written.
He should've gone on our new Pioneering North Korea Tour. Chump.
though it didn't seem like (from the documentary) they were in any real danger at any point you saw other people in the group with cameras and video cameras, and clearly it was the guides who were in control of where they could go - hardly like Mr Journo was like "come on guys, let's have a look at that gulag!".
Of course they were still at risk, I'm not saying they weren't, but from a hype-generating point of view of how this was blowing the lid off North Korea, it was a massive disappointment.
and the implications that would have on the rest of the group. Even if they were only taken away and interrogated (and maybe sent home), that's a really unpleasant experience in itself. Absolute worse case scenario they would have been detained.
It wasn't like a general danger just from being there.
which gave a better sense of the indoctrination, oppression, poverty and the laughable facade presented to visitors.
Having read loads about the DPRK this didn't really shed any light on anything which isn't already known. The best thing was seeing a colleague who they'd wheeled out for "expert advice" - he was being interviewed in the library I work in.
he looks like a stick-on to be a scientologist
I was like cool story bro
to be honest it certainly made out that the BBC had been massive dicks about the whole thing. I can appreciate that LSE are worried about the impact it'll have on their reputation internationally (especially as their reputation is pretty low after Libya-gate)
'tell the doctor, we're not fools and we haven't seen any patients. please don't treat us in this way'. FUCK YOU mate. do you really expect a doctor to just say to you, 'yeah fuck it, this is all a farce, i hate the kims and all they stand for'. he's not the leader of the fucking country mate and he's obviously too terrified to tell you anything that he isn't supposed to. stop being rude to people to try and make yourself like a big-investigative-man.
completely inappropriate in this case
What a staggering piece of bellendery.
What a steaming pile of shit.
Absolute waste of everyone's time.
The presenter came across as a complete arsehole.
Nothing of interest (that hasn't been sat on the internet for the last ten years) was introduced.
Bullshit from start to finish.
Rather than any kind of deception over security briefings, LSE probably kicked up a fuss to try and distance themselves from such a wank programme.
A more valuable use of BBC airtime would have been to broadcast a recital of chris_is_cool's DiS posts.