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Korean bloggerati: Chang Kim & Danny Kim

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On Monday I met with Korean bloggers Chang Kim & Danny Kim from
web20asia.com & technokimchi.com respectively. Unfortuanately in my
enthusiasm i forgot to take a photo of them together so you will have
to make do with these headshots from their blogs. If there is anything
you want to me go into further detail on please leave a comment. We
filmed a video so will save most of this post till that is edited.but
here are some of things we discussed.

'Citizen Journalism' in South Korea, in particular relation to massive
response of civil disobedience caused by bloggers at the candlelight
vigil earlier this year and the unusual transformation of Ohmynews
into a privately funded company into one in which the readers became
the stakeholders.

Cultural network as social network and what factors Korean culture
made social networks take off. Culturally speaking, the Korean social
networks, in the non-online sense (i.e. god forbid, 'actual' friends
and family rather than your spam mates on MySpace) have always been
geared towards setting friends and family up in their lives in
general, whether that is in love and marriage or jobs and career
advancement. Chang said that successful Korean online social networks
such as Cyworld have to some extent been misrepresented in the west
and rather than these being places where the glitterati of the
'digital generation' hang out, it's more of a place for pre-teens
where 10 year old girls go because they think that's what older girls
do and so seek to emulate them.

Other topics included the nature of the web/mobile market in South Korea. Openness within
Telco's and the threat of Google Android & the iPhone. This is a hot
hot hot topic right now. Fire up the questions!

Posted by jc1000000

5th Nov 2008, 15:34  

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