Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"Spin" Korean Style


As much as I admire America's talent in the field of spin-doctoring, I must admit that South Korea seems to have one-upped us. According to a recent article in The Australian, the South Koreans have produced a short educational video that they play for visitors to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The video looks for upbeat things to say about this tense, empty strip along the border, across which the two Korea’s stare at each other. “Once just a dreary minefield,” the narrator's voice intones, “now a natural wonderland!” Yes, thanks to the absence of humans, animals are flourishing. This, according to the video, is “the miracle of the DMZ.” I hope our politicians and spin doctors take note and learn from this fine example of spin. 

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