Some scholars who study South Korean politics have observed that the conservative media presents a particular problem for those who are interested in democratic development. The conservative media, they argue, provides a support structure for the conservative political interests which must be challenged if there is to be a more democratic political structure developed in South Korea. (1)
Recently, large protests in the form of candlelight demonstrations have taken place in South Korea. Directed against the neoliberal policies of the Lee Myung-bak government, they have continued for over two months. The candlelight vigils began on May 2. Since then candlelight vigils, often followed by round the clock open public meetings and demonstrations, have been common.
Describing these demonstrations and the online communication that helped make them possible, Kim Dae-jung, a former president of South Korea, observed (3):
“We are experiencing an extraordinary phenomenon in Korea. We are… weiter lesen