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Updated: 2017-11-19T06:18:40.203-05:00

 



I thought you might have been holding off on the t...

2017-11-16T06:51:16.811-05:00

I thought you might have been holding off on the top five to release them as part of a book's promotional rollout. Seemed like the kind of topic that would translate into an interesting book.

So... ARE you holding off on the top five to release them as part of the book's promotional rollout?



A common liberal mistake is to think within the li...

2017-11-12T08:00:23.848-05:00

A common liberal mistake is to think within the liberal system. They assume that their opponents care about the rules just as much as they do.

Lol, without double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.



please do get off the fence and tell us how you re...

2017-11-06T08:02:35.961-05:00

please do get off the fence and tell us how you really feel.
so...the left is good and the right is bad...interesting observation



Angry ranting piece of politically biased garbage ...

2017-11-05T23:02:19.611-05:00

Angry ranting piece of politically biased garbage post.






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2017-11-03T06:23:10.174-04:00

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This is amazing news TK! I can’t wait to get the b...

2017-11-01T06:22:06.516-04:00

This is amazing news TK! I can’t wait to get the book. Keep up the great work. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read one of your posts and marveled at how well you hit the nail on the head, or gotten a unique insight. I don’t comment often, but I really enjoy this blog.



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I always wonder how much of these things could be ...

2017-10-29T11:05:28.163-04:00

I always wonder how much of these things could be prevented or stopped altogether if people decided to stop hosting these forums on their servers or showing them in search results. An online blacklist.

Of course, it's not going to happen because Google is a cancer on civilization, but I wonder. Especially since Discord shut down the main alt-right channel (there's a new one now, not sure if it's recovered though) and GoDaddy decided to stop hosting stormfront.



GREAT piece.

2017-10-24T20:59:44.124-04:00

GREAT piece.



Another point I would like to add is that the alt-...

2017-10-23T16:10:52.497-04:00

Another point I would like to add is that the alt-right on the Internet largely draws its power from 4chan/8chan, the anonymous message board that was inspired by SomethingAwful.

To shortly sum up SomethingAwful's legacy is that it pretty much was the grandfather of a lot of Internet memes and phenomenons (e.g. Let's Play, FYAD [SA subforum] posters creating Weird Twitter, a FYAD poster creating the Shrek Meme, All Your Base meme, starting the meme of making fun of 9/11). However, SA has been trying to purge itself of alt-right elements, but it cannot be denied that the nihilistic nature of subforums like FYAD laid the seeds for what would turn into the alt-right. 4chan also purged itself of the alt-right, so they largely moved to 8chan.

FYAD also honed the art of meritocratic posting where only the funniest posts lived and bad posts would be flamed out of the forum with great dehumanizing humiliation. It's telling when FYAD is an acronym for F*CK You and Die. It used to be a forum for Lowtax, the site creator, made for off the cuff, rules-free posting that /b/ of 4chan was inspired by, but eventually the chaos was controlled into what it is now. Then FYAD went onto other parts of the Internet like writing for BuzzFeed or other publications or creating Weird Twitter, all to the derision by the current posters of FYAD for selling out. FYAD does not lean towards a certain political philosophy, but they mostly share a comedy oriented nihilism making fun of how terrible everything is in an ironic manner. 4chan would copy this by trolling and flaming for the LULZ.

Reddit was always seen as the uncool kid attempting to sanitize and usurp the productive tendencies of the *chans. SA had posters flame and troll each other for superiority and so did the *chans, but Reddit put power into a voting democracy to silence posters the hive mind does not like and vice versa. While the subreddits are ran by whoever starts it up and their moderation staff, they are also subject to purges. Despite this, *Chan type posters, the alt-right, and so on are trying to setup footholds in Reddit.



I'd say that the youth realize that the libera...

2017-10-23T15:34:31.977-04:00

I'd say that the youth realize that the liberal system in itself is failing them. The seemingly static nature of society for a corrupt status quo makes them angrier and more demanding of any change as liberalism has made them lose faith in democracy and perhaps free market capitalism.

If they have lost faith in free market capitalism, then they cannot go to the left as the South Korean left is heavily suppressed on suspicions of ties to North Korea. The only rational and logical route is a further rightward turn. It did not help that drastic measures were taken in South Korea that further reduced worker's rights and ensured business profits and growth, particularly those of the powerful family run chaebols.

The only route for liberals then is to form a coalition with progressives and socialists but I doubt South Korea would allow for their existence for the aforementioned reason of suspicions of working with North Korea. That is the current crisis within the center-left American Democrat Party: center-left liberals have faith lost in them and the alt-right defeated them, but the liberals have crushed the real hope of the party that are the left progressives and socialists. This is all done to secure business/investor/capitalist profits in both the US and SK.

The loss of faith in liberalism is reflected in a loss of faith in capitalism and we're approaching a point that looks like around a century ago: does society move leftward into socialism, or rightward into fascism (or even neoreaction), or does the center provide appeasement that will diminish the flaws of the current capitalist system yet securing the power of its ruling class? Unfortunately, it seems like the liberals think they can do the same things they have always been doing while the people get even more desperate for any type of change, even if it means razing the whole system into the ground and retroceding society backwards.



Thanks for this post ... especially as a preview o...

2017-10-23T10:26:59.021-04:00

Thanks for this post ... especially as a preview of US politics.

I disagree, however, about assuming the bad faith of our opponents. (Yes, I know you say "measured.") I'm reminded of this study:

Study finds intractable conflicts stem from misunderstanding of motivation

"Whether it's politics in the United States or violent conflict in the Mideast, the roots of the vitriol and intractability begin to grow not from a hatred of the other side, but from a misunderstanding of what's motivating the other side."

"The research involved the participation of almost 3,000 people: Israelis and Palestinians in the Mideast, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. The study shows each side felt their own group is motivated by love more than hate, but when asked why their rival group is involved in the conflict, pointed to hate as that group's motivating factor."

"It's interesting to see that people can be blind to the source of behavior on the other side, that you can go from saying you are motivated by love of your own group and you can't seem to apply that to reasoning about the other side," says Liane Young, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Boston College and co-author of the research article, "Motive Attribution Asymmetry For Love vs. Hate Drives Intractable Conflict."

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141104083946.htm




2017-10-23T09:00:00.248-04:00

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This makes me sad. I only recently discovered Kore...

2017-10-17T21:39:19.580-04:00

This makes me sad. I only recently discovered Korean cuisine (I live in Canada) and LOVE the meal style and the flavours and foods. I make different banchan throughout the week (they're so fast and easy) and a big pot of rice and rotate the banchan as I run out, eating a couple with some rice for most of my meals (sometimes just one banchan with rice as a meal because I am just a Westerner, but still!). Or kimchi pancakes. Or jjajangmyeon. Or... gah. Noooo, c'mon West, stop RUINING EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE.



This is a masterpiece article. Thank you!

2017-10-12T22:37:19.598-04:00

This is a masterpiece article. Thank you!



You cannot even order a "공기밥" (1000원 in ...

2017-10-12T00:56:43.060-04:00

You cannot even order a "공기밥" (1000원 in any restaurant) at Gaon?
A Korean restaurant not for Koreans ^^



"If you ever visited a Korean restaurant, eve...

2017-10-10T11:07:02.967-04:00

"If you ever visited a Korean restaurant, even just once, you have seen banchan."

Not in Japan. Twenty years ago, I remember having to pay 400 yen (more than $4) just for a small dish of baechu kimchi. Out of the five or six countries in which I've eaten at a Korean restaurant, Japan is the only one that charged for banchan.



woa!!! i'm blown away by your analysis - you a...

2017-10-08T02:27:55.378-04:00

woa!!! i'm blown away by your analysis - you are exactly right- the procession of courses style is distinctly western & korean cuisine can't & shouldn't be jammed into that structure. also, as a korean, i find myself much preferring getting the lay of the land before i start a meal & having less patience for food as theatre - although that's just me being cranky as i get older. anyway - this is a great post, ...
diving into the rest of this new found blog..



Would love to hear your thoughts about this latest...

2017-10-03T15:12:41.268-04:00

Would love to hear your thoughts about this latest article from Serious Eats about soju.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2017/10/what-is-traditional-soju-korea-tokki-brandon-hill.html



Traveling through Korea I had so many tasty side d...

2017-09-28T22:58:08.330-04:00

Traveling through Korea I had so many tasty side dishes. I found it odd that my mother who is allgergic to selfish, was able to eat kimchi.



Any way the "comments" from the Indian M...

2017-09-14T15:20:43.085-04:00

Any way the "comments" from the Indian Moving Company and the Arabic comment can be deleted? Google translate strongly implies the Arabic is also an advertising plant.

Nice review, btw. It looks like a worthy purchase.



Your nationalist and apologist argument is hardly ...

2017-08-07T18:20:38.320-04:00

Your nationalist and apologist argument is hardly subtle, you shameless Jap. This is not a place for netto uyoku like you. Go back to your Nippon Kaigi and Banzai Shimbun safe space.



Perhaps because I'm an American of Non-Korean ...

2017-07-29T14:23:47.860-04:00

Perhaps because I'm an American of Non-Korean ancestry, I didn't find chapters 6-11 to be a waste of time. The summary reinforced some things I already knew and introduced some tidbits I wasn't aware of. Granted I haven't studied Korean history extensively. I visited Seoul as a guest of Hyundai back in late 2014, and I confess I became quite enamored with the Korean spirit. Visiting and getting first-class treatment and living there when I'm footing the bill are quite different, however.




2017-07-27T23:53:21.160-04:00

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