[MV Review] Mine

The cynicism spreads with Kim Jaejoong‘s “Mine”

Last week I discussed TVXQ‘s Humanoids, this week we have JYJ member Jaejoong. For those unfamiliar with the mega-saga that is and was TVXQ it used to be the members of TVXQ and JYJ before JYJ left SM Entertainment. As you have read about this song you may have seen many references to this, and many people interpret this song as referencing the struggles of JYJ. But, let us look at the cynicism of this Kpop.

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Chinese Activist Ai Weiwei Dances to Gangnam Style

Two forms of social critique come together in this fabulous clip where famous Chinese Activist Ai Weiwei dances to Gangnam Style. An unexpected and charmingly silly moment for a man who has openly challenged the Chinese government multiple times (quite a sobering and serious thing to do). A man who is known for social critique dancing to a socially critical song–meta social critique?

Gangnam Style Interview Series: “Nobody knows what it means.” UC Berkeley Prof

Part 2 from an interview conducted with UC Berkeley Professor Darren Zook, concentrated around “Gangnam Style” and social critique in Kpop.

The theme of this interview series, a quote from Professor Zook in regards to Gangnam Style.

Have you read Part 1? Check out “It’s Not Kpop”.

Professor Darren Zook of University of California, Berkeley, has a unique outlook and perspective on Gangnam Fever. “This is not a revolution” he says. He isn’t talking about Gangnam Style‘s massive viral explosion, Psy’s current presence across US and other international media landscapes, or about the rising awareness of Korea as a producer of quality cultural goods. This is about social critique in Korean pop music, and how Psy is sadly not sufficient to furthering its presence in the Korean pop culture media landscape.

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Korean Girl Group miss A Declares Independance From Men

miss A and JYP have always done some interesting things compared to other Kpop groups. I personally associate miss A with I-am-woman hear me roar type singles. This certainly is another step on that path, but after my discussion with Professor Zook I began to view things a bit differently.

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Gangnam Style Interview Series: “It’s not Kpop” UC Berkeley Prof

Part 1 from an interview conducted with UC Berkeley Professor Darren Zook, concentrated around “Gangnam Style” and social critique in Kpop.

The theme of this interview series, a quote from Professor Zook in regards to Gangnam Style.

Professor Darren Zook of University of California, Berkeley, has a unique outlook and perspective on Gangnam Fever. “This is not a revolution” he says. He isn’t talking about Gangnam Style‘s massive viral explosion, Psy’s current presence across US and other international media landscapes, or about the rising awareness of Korea as a producer of quality cultural goods. This is about social critique in Korean pop music, and how Psy is sadly not sufficient to furthering its presence in the Korean pop culture media landscape.

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Gangnam Style: NPR, you got it wrong…

This NPR article tells you a lot about South Korean pop music, but it tells you little about Psy and Gangnam style. Most people aren’t informed enough about Korean pop music to know Psy is NOT a Korean pop star. He is not part of this mainstream industry they talk about. He is at a mainstream label, but he makes all his own music (unlike other artists) and he is not one of the carefully selected, pruned, and primed groups that South Korean media is trying to sell across the pacific. Previous to this he was not wildly popular, and he always seemed to be the but of the joke as the antithesis to the young, very slim, demure/eager stars around him.

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Berkeley has Gangnam Fever

Berkeley seems to have caught Gangnam Fever after there was a not- so-spontaneous outbreak today of Gangnam Fever on Sproul Plaza, the main entrance of the University of California Berkeley campus. My Facebook, along with those of many other Cal students, flooded with videos, photos, and status updates not only about the event, but the planning up to it as people lamented forgetting to show up or the time they spent practicing.

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