South Korea’s Disgraced Power Structures

by Liz on February 6, 2013

in Books & Entertainment,Opinion

Democracy : demo from studio shelter on Vimeo.

What is democracy anyways?

According to this tongue-in-cheek “video game” by South Korean outfit, Studio Shelter, it’s just another platform for repression.

In under three minutes, a video simulating a MIDI game found in penny arcades takes you through 20th century Korean history, marked by protests, uprisings, and people power quelled by repressive South Korean governments.

There are some dictatorships along the way. Most of them didn’t end well.

But what’s interesting is the characterization of even democratically elected leaders as a rehash of old school repression. Outgoing president Lee Myung-Bak, and incoming leader Park Geun-Hye are all villains and lackeys of some sort.

It all sounds pretty terrible, if the medium itself wasn’t so entertaining, with scorekeeping tracking gains for The People vs. Brutal Leaders of Past, Present and Future.

Democracy according to this slice of entertainment (and representative of certain segments of South Korean public opinion), though, represents a problem.

With a leader going out and another coming in every five years (in a country where a second term is banned), we now have a society that is perpetually coping with a disgraced power structure every 35 dog years.

The devastating result?

All past leaders are despicable, and all future leaders will be, eventually.

And that represents a conundrum for a young democracy like South Korea’s.

(HT Co. Design)

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