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Penn State Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) - Spring 2022 Talk Series

2022-03-18 12:05
Penn State’s Institute for Korean Studies (IKS) is hosting Spring 2022 Talk Series. Please join us for a talk by Dr. Inkyu Kang.

Time: March 31, 4:30-5:50pm EDT

Topic: Technology as culture: The Rise of South Korea as a Digital Nation

Talk description:
In the 2000s, South Korea was predicted to serve as the world’s best laboratory for getting a glimpse of how broadband services might evolve in the future. Such expectations seem to have been fulfilled with the emergence of new businesses and cultural phenomena in the country, such as eSports, web dramas, webtoons, and mukbang. Oddly enough, however, the Internet was not adopted by the nation on a mass scale until 1998, when the nation was undergoing a deepening economic crisis. In just half a decade, South Korea became the most wired nation. What caused such a drastic change? The speaker explores the historical and symbolic aspects of digital technology in order to answer this question. With a focus on the sociocultural implications of computers in the 1980s and 1990s, this talk examines the relationship between technology and the discourses of “modernity,” “progress,” and “national identity” in South Korea.

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