As the Korean fleet sank, North Korea became the center of the issue. Korean government suspect that North Korea inflicted the damage by torpedo. It is unclear about the exact mean of the explosion. One of the major Korean newspaper proposed an idea of ‘suicide torpedo,’ which is to raise awareness to the people. (I translated all the pictures)
It is a method of propaganda, which is to be spread with the intention of influencing people’s opinions. I found it related to the governmental control in Huxley’s novel, Brave New World. However, Korean ‘netizens’ found it impossible, and saw how ridiculous such idea was. As a result, numerous parodies started to come out to mock the newspaper company. It is as Huxley satirizes the future world. Careful that the target of the criticism is the newspaper, not the Korean marine…
This diagram is showing how a North Korean soldier targets the ship by throwing the torpedo. The torpedo then creates daps as it reaches to the target, which is impossible. Korean netizen argues by saying ‘니들만 상상력 있냐?,’ meaning that the idea of ‘suicide torpedo’ is pure imagination.
The second parody is the ‘tube’ torpedo. This idea comes from African culture, where the people hunt down animals by shooting the poisonous pins by blowing the tube. In this picture, the soldier actually blows the torpedo with a tiny tube. I found it funny how people make fun of the newspaper by creative ideas.
Picture above illustrates how a golf professional hits a tee shot to reach the torpedo to the target. I think the bomb will explode by the swing. I got an impression that how Korean people are creative and unbounded with their ideas.
This is the parody named cricket torpedo… People mock how nonsensical the idea of ‘suicide torpedo’ by comparing to such an absurd thought.
Picture above is the parody of the game Starcraft. Many Koreans enjoy this game, so they do get what it means. I Apologize for the ones who are not aware of this game.
I was struck dumb when I first saw this. This is a reference to a famous Brazilian soccer player, Roberto Carlos.
This picture replaced the bomb with the soccer ball. I was surprised how this netizen drew the free kick with great accuracy.
The last picture for this post is from Japanese Pokemon. The illustrator used Ash, the main character, and Pikachu, the trademark. He showed how Pikachu will reach to the ship swiftly on the water, carrying a torpedo.
Watching these pictures, I was dumbfounded and utterly amused. However, I was also reassured that the ‘New World’ by Huxley is unlikely to exist at least in Korea; Korean people are ‘overly’ educated and don’t seem to get influenced as easily as people Huxley showed.
Picture citation:”조선일보의 인간어뢰…” Naver. Kbk1441, 26 Apr. 2010. Web. 21 May 2010. <http://blog.naver.com/kbk1441?Redirect=Log&logNo=100104295801>.