Tim Urban from his post 20 Things I Learned While I was in North Korea
From the suffocating number of billboards and murals to the postcards andpamphlets and newspapers to everything on TV, the North Korean people are forced to live and breathe North Korean pride around the clock.
There’s even a creepy propaganda band, Moranbong Band, whose members were handpicked by Kim Jong Un. This video of them played in its entirety on both the flight in and out of the country and in nearly every restaurant we went to, and subsequently haunted my sleep. Goebbels couldn’t hold a candle to the Kims.
The propaganda I saw fell into four categories: 1) The leaders and their greatness, especially Kim Il Sung, 2) images of the North Korean military and its might, 3) negative depictions of the US and South Korea, and 4) images of North Korean people living joyous and sunshiny lives.
Here’s the band. Notice the warm welcome the dictator receives. Insufficient enthusiasm can get you in trouble.
If they ever throw off their shackles, the North Koreans should be able to make a fortune staging stadium extravaganzas. (Just as Cuban body shops and auto mechanics should make a fortune in auto restoration and preservation.)