By Lillian Kostoff
For my piece, I drew a picture of a laptop and split the image into two separate sides. On the left side of the piece, there is a photo of a dog on the laptop. On the right side of the piece, there is very small font with the name Kim Jong-un bolded where it is the only thing on the laptop that is visible. This is pretty straight forward at first glance - the left side represents how in America, you are able to access any website that you want. I drew the dog because it is such a difference from the average North Korean website, having pictures and lots of bright colors. In the United States, you could visit a website of dogs if you please because there is no internet restrictions keeping anyone from doing so.
However, in North Korea, there are many restrictions within the online world. On the right side of the photo, there is a very simple image of only a black and white screen with words on it. This represents that very little internet access is available to citizens, only the bare necessities are available for public consumption. Also, on the computer screen, the name Kim Jong-un is bolded above everything else. Kim Jong-un, the supreme leader of North Korea, has programmed all North Korean websites so that whenever his name is mentioned, his name is bolded so that his name is seem above everything else. I put that into the piece because it’s a true fact, but also for another reason and very important representation.
This represents that Kim Jong-un is very overpowering to his country. He is seen to be bigger and oppressive to the rest of North Korea and his people. Since his name is extremely large and nothing else is able to be seen, this is a metaphor of how he silences his citizens to the point where they don’t have a voice against him.
This piece shows the major differences between internet in the United States and internet in North Korea, where North Korea has major censorship laws, unlike the United States where we live.
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