If there's something John Oliver does extremely well on Last Week Tonight, it's tackling incredibly heavy, dense topics. Most importantly, he does so with a razor sharp wit and humor that helps the important lessons stick, and that humor came in especially handy in this segment on North Korea.Read More
Journalist Suki Kim writes about how her investigative book about North Korea Without You, There Is No Us was labeled and marketed as an Eat, Pray, Love-esque memoir.Read More
A group of female peace activists, collectively known as WomenCrossDMZ, led by Christine Ahn, founder of Women De-Militarize the Zone, marked the 70th Anniversary year of Korea's division into North and South by crossing the DMZ between North to South in peace today. The group was joined by feminist activist, Gloria Steinem, and Nobel Peace laureates, Leymah Gbowee and Mairead Maguire.Read More
Cut Video has previously showcased 100 years' worth of Iranian and African-American women's fashion, and now model Tiffany and the team are taking a decade-by-decade look at the makeup and hairstyles of North and South Korea.Read More
I must admit, even before everything happened, I was pretty underwhelmed by what I was watching, and I can’t imagine how audiences who have gone through ups and downs of this release will feel about the actual film - or if they will even care about the quality of the film. It has, apparently, become a symbol for freedom.Read More
George R.R. Martin Posts Incredible LiveJournal Rant, Invites You To Come Watch The Interview In His Private Theater
Dude, shouldn't you be writing?
George R.R. Martin is truly peeved at Sony's decision not to release The interview following terrorist threats from hackers--so peeved, in fact, that he took to his LiveJournal to let off a little steam.Read More
[UPDATED] Reddit Bans Sony Hack File Sharing While Threats of Violence at The Interview Screenings Loom
The transition from bizarre to frightening has been swift.
The Sony Pictures hack has brought out emails, full movies, and personal information of Sony employees, and things still appear to be escalating. Most recently, threats were made involving violence at screenings of The Interview which resulted in the New York premiere's cancellation. Now, Reddit moderators have finally started cracking down on those sharing files obtained through the Sony hack.Read More
ALL WE ARE SAAAAYIIIING, IS GIVE PETER A CHAAAAAANCE to hang out with Captain America.
The hacking of reams and reams of internal files, communications, and contact information from Sony Entertainment could be part of the plot of a Hollywood navel-gazing drama, or part of an intricate web of consequences in a Neal Stephenson novel, but instead it's... actually happening.Read More
On the off chance that you didn't already assume that an overwhelming majority of highly-paid movie executives in Hollywood are white and male, now the recent cyber attacks against Sony have proven that to be the case, at least for them. Thanks, maybe North Korea?Read More
Dear North Korea, This is not how you do technology. Points for effort, though. Sincerely, The Rest of the World
North Korea has come out with what's basically its own version of an iPad: The Samjiyon. Unlike the iPad, which is used to access the Internet to get movies, books, and music in addition to communications and basic web-browsing, the Samjiyon does not get Wi-Fi, and is instead basically a touchscreen tablet devoted to delivering government propaganda and also slingshot games, because North Korea.Read More
I saw a propaganda video released by North Korea the other day, and did the obvious thing -- I made fun of its terrible production value. It was really bad. The highlight of the video from purely a graphics standpoint came when the video showed an American city burning. Why'd it look so good? Because North Korea stole the footage from Modern Warfare 3. The video has been removed from YouTube thanks to a complaint by Activision, the publishers of the game.Read More
As North Korea gets ready to perform a nuclear test, they're also stepping up their propaganda efforts, or at least they're trying to do so. A video released by the country's official website on Saturday shows a dream sequence of a unified Korea, spaceflight, and an unspecified American city being bombarded with missiles. The whole thing would be more frightening if the CGI graphics weren't at best on par with Home Improvement scene transitions and at worst like something out of 1980s Doctor Who.Read More
Not everyone was happy with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt's trip to North Korea, or its secretive nature, but it seems like now we have some details about what the whole thing was about. Schmidt posted on his Google+ account this morning, and said the goal was to talk to North Korea about a free and open Internet. The reason many people suspected Schmidt was making the trip was to increase Google's market into the country, but why can't it be both? Google would no doubt get one of its many fingers into an open North Korean Internet, so it could be a classic win-win for Google and the North Korean people.Read More
If you count yourself a devoted reader of all things Geekosystem, then you no doubt know that among our other self-imposed journalistic duties, one of them involves the constant and dedicated coverage of developments coming out of North Korea -- whether the news be legitimate, comedic, or -- typically -- a unique amalgamation that skates that fine line of being both. In keeping with this trend, South Korean officials have reported that Google chairman Eric Schmidt is scheduled to visit North Korea on a clandestine humanitarian mission, with the company itself pretty tight-lipped on the details surrounding the reason for this unorthodox trip. And as far as we know, it ain't a vacation.Read More
Is this really happening? Is North Korea actually turning over a new leaf? Okay, maybe not the entire country, but a video game development company called Nosotek -- the first of its kind to break barriers and venture out in catering to Western markets -- has created a simple browser game called Pyongyang Racing. The game was developed exclusively for a British-owned travel agency known as Koryo, which arranges tourist travel for those visiting the Democratic Republic of Korea.Read More
It is an indelible law of the universe: Nothing on this world or any other is infinite, all things must sadly come to an end, and this even extends to Tumblr blogs. Yesterday, the Internet community woke up to the sad news that the much beloved and Webby Award-winning Tumblr Kim Jong-Il Looking at Things will not be posting any further pictures of the late Kim Jong-il acknowledging random objects with his glorious gaze. Though the blog won't be pulled down, that isn't to say this hasn't spoiled our morning.Read More
Well, that didn't last long. In what we have to assume is karmic payback for lying about unicorns, the satellite that North Korea launched into orbit last week is already dead, says a Harvard astronomer. North Korea is calling the launch a big victory for leader Kim Jong Un and their space program, but it seems like they haven't been as successful as they initially thought. Reports say that the object is tumbling and that so far, no signals have been detected coming from the washing machine-sized satellite -- which upon further review, may well turn out to actually just be a washing machine. Too bad, guys. Better luck next time.Read More
You would think that, by now, traditional businesses would have learned not to offer online polls. The Internet can quickly become a hive of trolls, wreaking havoc in whatever way they can. Yet Time's reader poll for Person of the Year went up, same as always, and didn't even include rudimentary measures to prevent folks from abusing the voting system. Now that the vote has concluded, it's pretty clear that something went awry. Kim Jong Un, the glorious leader of North Korea, won.Read More