Saturday, 16 February 2013

(Day 210) Seoul Nambu Correctional Facility-day 115 D-41

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner = February 1
I am now plenty loaded up with snacks in time for a weekend of shitty menu items. Let's see how long they actually last.

During the day there are often documentaries showing on TV. Of course, they're all in Korean, but many times, the location is not, so the subjects are presented in another language. Whatever the case, they are preferable to dramas. However (and this is true of dramas, too), there are some things that get censored that seem silly or pointless, like smoking, handcuffs, tattoos and gore. On the evening news, they always report on the situation in Tibet, but the entire picture has been blurred out so you can’t see anybody burning or not. I sort of understand the censorship of gore or self-immolation, but tattoos and handcuffs? What's the big deal?

Why do governments insist on being parents? And they only censor the cigarette when someone is actually smoking it. If they are just holding in their hand, the cigarette can be seen as plain as day. 50 percent of the male population in Korea smoke. If you want or even don't want to see someone smoking, just go outside. All censorship does is emphasize things that would normally be ignored. The government is actually drawing more attention to the things they are trying to hide-- having the total opposite effect. Haven’t they ever raised teenagers? Hasn't the war on drugs or any “war on...” shown that if you want to make things worse, just ban it? Then people will be aware of it, actively search for it and it'll be more popular than ever. Just ask Barbara Streisand about it. There's an effect named after her that proves it.