Asia Associated Press Chief Photographer David Guttenfelder is currently in North Korea covering the 60th anniversary of the country’s armistice with South Korea. As expected when documenting the country’s Mass Games the spectacle is visually incredible, yet subtly disturbing in their homogenous achievement.
Times have collected some of his photos here, whilst AP’s Big Story has got a slightly wider scoped gallery of the country itself here. Of particular interest though is his instagram account that’s got some pretty remarkable images, particularly of aged Korea War veterans, and videos of the countryside and military parades.
Worth mentioning, if not seen yet, is the 2003 documentary A State of Mind where two British filmmakers got then unprecedented access to North Korea and followed two young girls with dreams to train and participate in the Mass Games for their dear leader Kim Jong il. It certainly doesn’t attempt to unmask the horrors of the country’s regime, but it gives a very rare insight into the lives and psychology of some of its inhabitants.
Minority Opinion by Gino Ruggeri
I have always detested the word meme, and not just because it was coined by Richard Dawkins, though that certainly helps”
One of many gems in this great article on the ‘Meme Generation’. Dunno why I picked that quote in particular, given it’s just subjective snide humor, but really, the rest of the article is a fantastic observation into the culture of memes, media and meta-humour. Recommended.
- Here’s another good one – on the frequent fliers who flew too much
- From an former employee, this provides a great dissection and history of Amazon’s low margins business strategy
- A wonderful deconstruction of “first world problems” condescending attitude
- Studies show that ‘Moral Realism’ may lead to better moral behavior
- From the writers perspective: How much should ebooks cost?
- Great title: The Pope’s Dove of Peace attacked by Seagull of Irony
- What’s the price of copyright crime in New Zealand? Only $617
- Oh man, the original artwork for all 12 Watchmen covers will soon be up for auction
- I have zero knowledge about the film, but I love the design of Young and Wild‘s end credits
- Cleaning work at Rome’s Colosseum has turned up 2000 year old graffiti
- North Korea is now properly on Google Maps and here 4 interesting ‘must-sees’; Informative, though zero external links to the actual maps/locations. I’m really starting to despise this trend of closed system hyperlinks on blogs. (update: this one‘s at least links out with it’s list and be sure to check out the awesome user reviews)