The Effect of Propaganda and the Social Network System in North Korea
The North Korea government has been implanting ideology on its citizens using various methods of mediums in order to maintain the authority. In fact, newspaper and broadcasting have lost its original sense of accuracy and speed since it is only used to brainwash citizens with a certain political view that the government wants them to follow. Now, the North Korean government is attempting to advertise its political views to the world adopting new propaganda strategy which is the Social Network System. It is taking advantage of an open cyberspace where people share information globally. This paper argues that the North Korean government is successfully manipulating the media in the country to maintain its political legitimacy.
History of propaganda first commenced when Soviet Union entered northern Korean peninsula in 1945. The propaganda technique was brought along with Soviet Union culture. The purpose of propaganda at the time was to implant a feeling of intimacy of Soviet Union on North Korean public because Soviet Union was in the state of confrontation with the United States. It was also used to inform and promote the new dictator of North Korea, Kim Il Sung.