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Nineteen Eighty-Four written by George Orwell is a dystopian novel set in a fictional totalitarian state of Oceania, where the brainwashed citizens are under constant surveillance, and public mind control dictated by Big Brother, the Party leader. Thus, any independent thought by any individual or group would severely be punished by the state as a “Thought Crime”. Punishments could be severe ranging from reeducation and torture to vaporization meaning death. Around the same year of the publication of Nineteen Eighty-Four, coincidently, a Soviet-trained guerrilla fighter named Kim Il Sung became the founder of a new country — the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea. Following the Korean War, Kim Il Sung successfully created the world’s most impenetrable cult of personality, which succeeds on to his grandson, Kim Jon Un’s generation and continues its dictatorial regime today. There is no way of avoiding the incalculable numbers of billboards and posters with military slogans and propaganda. Throughout the nation, television sets are hardwired to receive a single signal, broadcast by the state. Thus, each households and public places are installed with cameras and wiretaps surveilling any individuals against the leader and its’ Party’s policies will be terminated along with the future family members. Even the actual building the “Great Leader” Kim Il-sung has created. All of these are frightening reminiscences of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-four.

“An alleged North Korean propaganda video has emerged online that claims Americans drink “hot snow” as coffee, live in tents and eat wild birds on Tuesdays. The four-minute film portrays people in the U.S. as living in extreme poverty, who are lucky to have a floor to sleep on and live on a diet of "local snow”” (Evans). This exact video was uploaded online through a North Korean website. Although, the narrator identified the clips as the lives of Americans, the clips were actually footages of the homeless in Paris’ famous Gard de Nord station. The video continued on to describe how deprived America is. For example, it stated that many Americans live in tents donated by North Korea. Propagandas in North Korea mainly target the western society, especially the United States, which often referred to as the “American imperialists.” Propaganda posters of North Korea not only displayed a sense of anti-American but also depicted the correct actions for every part of life, including the correct dress code. Additionally, North Korean propagandas often attempt to emphasize the country’s nuclear and space programs to unify the country and its people as a whole. Therefore, they focus on military power, utopian society and commitment and the leader’s personality. Propaganda posters are also used to depict the opposite of what is actually happening in the country to the outside world, which are used to brainwash the people how fortunate they are compared to those living outside of North Korea.
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