Because Yes, Nationalism Is Bad
Further proof in this tragic waste of time (HT to Idiot’s Collective)
Like, truly tragically wrong. So wrong that I’ve gone to the trouble of reposting this video.
What force has the entardening power of nationalism to shut off people’s power of rational thought. I find it truly disgusting that people would make such a pathetically self-serving one-sided video without even the apparent ability to see why some (read: all those outside of South Korea) would have a difficult time accepting the message, medium, and means of communication chosen for this video and song.
That said, I should be careful myself to not fall victim to what I call ‘Brian’s Folly’, or the tendency to think that just because something is in English it needs to be heard, understood and digested by English speakers. I’m sure the douchebags who made this video are getting mad play for their trouble from their countrymen. The trouble I have is that, if the rest of South Korea is going to pretend that making shitty songs about Dokdo ‘for a foreign audience’ is somehow going to serve the country’s political interests, at least polish it up enough to be credible. I shudder to think of the degree to which most South Koreans who see such a pro-Dokdo video will be bound to ‘agree’ with the ‘effort’ to ‘convince’ ‘foreigners’ of South Korea’s claims to the islands that they occupy.