Proposal: America intervenes and North Korea


When thinking of a topic to explore deeper for the video mashup assignment I wasn’t entirely sure of what to pick. I believe that I have multiple organizations or concepts that I feel very strongly about, but when looking at them, it was too difficult to look at the other side of the argument. I strongly disagree with using animals of any kind for testing of drugs or cosmetics or any other products that humans will use because I views humans as animals and you will not find me volunteering for some harsh drug testing treatment. I am already decided I wanted something else.


One organization in particular that I follow caught my eye specifically for this assignment. Liberty in North Korea.

Following organization intently for about two years, I have never once done my own research on the issues at hand. In fact, I regret to say that I do not know much about the country’s politics or history. I’ve only ever thought that whatever going on in North Korea was wrong and honestly that’s not a good enough argument. I want to use this assignment to independently explore what is actually going on in North Korea and specifically look into cultural aspects. One problem I’ve come to realize about America and Americans that we always think that is our job to change other people situations because we perceive them to be wrong. I want to challenge this idea. Though weary, I wish to find and connect to other instances that America has intervened as the ‘hero’ and explore the current situation for the people of North Korea. This appears to be a challenge because North Korea is a dead zone and videos about it are perceptions. It is important to remember throughout my search for material that I need to look at the sources and take in the specific idea the creator may hold.

I will be looking towards US presidential speeches, as well as using images that will explore how the people both in and outside of North Korea view North Korea. If I do find images of North Korea, I expect them to give me stereotypical poverty images or unified marching in the streets and on the contrast the high riches of the governing families. I think that I would like to include traditional North Korean music when reviewing their views and possibly look towards an over dramatic song for going over America want to change and help other cultures. I am unsure of the specif tone I wish to set, but I feel I am already beginning to approach this in a satirical manner.


One comment

  1. Amanda,

    This is an intriguing topic and one that certain warrants exploring. However, I’m not sure there really is a gray area for what is happening in North Korea. There is no culture. Everything that comes from there is propaganda. While I fully understand (and agree with) your assertion that the US often feels like it needs to be the world’s fixer, in this case, there is no doubt that outside influence would aid the people in North Korea.

    See, for example, this video about some escapees:

    So, I’d like you to locate a new topic. Do continue to think challenge yourself as you have here. Please post a new proposal by Monday and tweet me when you have. If you have any questions, please email me.


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