Roundtable: K-pop’s Skill to Incite Social Change

Roundtable: K-pop’s Skill to Incite Social Change

20160531_seoulbeats_btsRoundtable: K-pops Talent to Incite Social ExchangeWritten through Seoulbeats On July 14, 201620121018_seoulbeats_missaFairly recently, BTS has been enshrouded in controversy because of the apparently misogynistic messages they've expressed in their song lyrics and tweets. Since idols are public figures, we regularlyrecall to mind them as people whowill have to take further deal in their behaviorin order that their habit does no longer negatively affect the impressionable early life that usually brand up their fanbase.

With the complaint nosotrosusually come acrosswhen it comes to idols’ mistakes, there is an implication that the messages idols put out are indeed influential. Thus, it more or less feels that one can safely suppose that idols’ certain messages definitely influence the remainder of society, whilst the communicate is criticized and stated every bitproblems that have to be addressed. With the BTS issue, it appears the voices of the disappointed lovers were adequately addressed by BTS’s firm Big Hit Entertainment, and suggests that either BTS and large make volition now be certainnow notto shop for into problematic societal perspectives. This makes us wonder: Do you observed K-pop can also be an road for societal switch in Korea?

Another appealing thing to imagine is that BTS is apparentlya collection alongsidesubstantialcreative freedom because they write their own track and lyrics. However, other teamshaven't got this luxury. How then do we trustsubject matter from the groups whose ideas and music are created for them by their companies? Are we in a position to separate the looming figure of the controlling corporate from the fabric they put out?

Sydney: I think BTS’s scenario is undoubtedlyevidence of K-pop’s doable to create adjustments in Korean society — despite the truth that not on a wide scale. Problems were brought up, acknowledged, and addressed. What I in findingmaximum interesting is that massive Hit Entertainment turns outto recognize the presence of social influences on BTS themselves, and also that the messages BTS sends out items to patronsin their music what is suitable and what is not. Also, with BTS (mostly) helming their own music, the messages they put out thru information technologyappearthe entire more potent.

20130604_seoulbeats_sistar_boraOn the opposite hand, I don’t know what to consider the messages corporationsspecificby way of their idols. An example that comes to brain is Sistar, a team whose tremendous expression of feminine sexuality is both refreshing yet confusing to me. I’m not ableto split what they stand for through their music knowing that the complete thingused to bemade up our minds by a corporation that’s wanting —and succeeding — to make cash at the finish of the day.

Madi: In some ways, I believe like here is a double-edged sword. In one way, you've got freedom of expression and that appeals to the artistic view of things. For most, I suspect thats the charm of BTS. Theyre capable of make songs hitting on concerns and the sector hears it. But whilst you tell any personthey've got artistic freedom to create, but then give too many laws about what they could also be able to and cant do, its not quite freedom is it? Theres this feeling of a too much political correctness where now everything and the rest will offend or cause someone.This outlook isnt limited to K-pop.

It can certainly serve as a metamorphosis because I feel the music around theinternational influence each and every other. Its making Korea have religion in concepts they couldhad beenk in their culture, but in the truth of things, it would in all probability not accept been ok at all.

Interestingly enough, I feelother peopleoverlook that not all concepts are recommended by the artist themselves. For example, BTSs Boy in Luv, which is a a phase of this factorof the wayone of theparticipants treated the feminine in the video, Jins element where he pushes the womanopposed to the locker. It'll never be known if one doesnt watch the in the back of the scenes, but Jin again and again apologized to the ladyonce theyfinished that scene.

I think to keep away fromconsiderations like what BTS appears to repeatedlydevelop into entangled in, thats why corporationsmake a decision what songs artist put out. Certainit could not feel too authenticas it makes an idol a robot and just outputting orders thus the customized touch is gone, but in doing so, they are able toregulate more so whats being said to be surenobody is brought about or might be up in arms. But someone, somewhere will be angry anyway.

20150102_seoulbeats_shinee_jonghyun_base7But its excellent to voice concerns and its greater when theyre heard, but section of being a fair fan is working outfrom time to timeyou are going to disagree and won't like what your idol puts out. Friendships, relationships they all paintingsthis manner If no one ever had a complaint and everybodywere given along, the realm would be a in point of facthorrifying place.

Gaya: Like other varieties of media, K-pop is a device to be wielded in whichever way by the user. The SK executive knows this very well, and is the usage of K-pop as a cultural export in its quest for cushy power. Thats one way to exploit K-pop, and pushing for social change is another. But its up to the folks in K-pop if they wish to enact that or not. There are definitely examples we will be able to betoken to in K-pop, like Sunny Hills The Grasshopper Song and the MV for K.Wills Please Dont, and there'll be more of the ones in the future, as well.

I take into account BTS to be a neighborhoodthat makes a speciality of social messages, in which case I see no hassle in fans critiquing that aspect. Ideally, there would be a fluid verbal exchange with room for nuance, like Jonghyuns conversation with Nine, and later, a fan on Twitter, but that isn'tat all times the reality. Hashtag campaigns can even feel blunt, but they will most likely bea fantastic way to magnify voices, so that businessesmightlisten them. And with some things, like the N word, a conversation may not be as wanted as an easy STOP.

Companies taking virtue of social movements is a cynical crossthat willinfrequently exist a reality JYPE needs Miss A to inform you lot that they dont desire aguyto shop them things, but its Adequate if theyre peeping toms. But in the long runit's far up to us, how we take care of that inconsistency. We can petition our faves to change, so that we can continue them guilt-free, remain fans of our problematic biases, just drop them till they get a clue, or anything else. I agree with Madi in that we cant make individualsto switch their perspectivessimply for the sake of it; but that doesnt mean we want to silently settle for the prestige quo, either.

20140326_seoulbeats_lee_michelle_sliderQing: Going off what Gaya said, I feel that its tricky for K-pop to truly enact social change or change this is enduring, and not simply because we cant make folks change their views. Social things and prejudices are incredibly pervasive and run so deep that its not easy to get to the root of the gadget and erase the hegemonic forces riding them. The most K-pop can do, and what I am hopingit is going to continue to, is to carry world awareness and spark discussions.

The case of Jonghyun, Nine, and his Twitter fan that Gaya discussed is an example of how enduring change is hard to enact or sustain. The conversation became nuanced and mature, and Jonghyun was receptive in opposition to what his fan explained about the pedestalisation of ladies as a kind of benevolent sexism, in his case, by treating them as muses. However, while I used to beoperating on the Mid Year Review on albums, I couldnt assist noticing that many songs off She Is continue to specific their female topics as muses. I favored the artistry of the album, but the lyrics make me wonder whether that conversation with his fan was actually able to modify Jonghyuns perspective.

Madi: Women dont frequently work into a massive number of controversy with lyrics or if we do, we rarely hear about them right? No less than personally, it gave the impressionmen go in trouble for lyrics, but not women.

Qing: I was just considering this disparity between the genders in terms of the facility to advertise social change. It seems that the voices of female artists occasionallydon't register, or when they do, they are delegitimised by the prejudiced view of women as too emotional. For instance, Lee Michelles debut MV, Without You, took the problem of race head-on with powerful, poignant pictures of a little girl powdering her face white, shooting her preference to mask her skin shade and are compatible in. But there wasnt really a feeling that her voice registered, and a couple of years down the road, we continue seeing circumstances of blackface and other racially insensitive behaviour and speech in the Korean entertainment industry.

20160616_seoulbeats_younha_get_it_I also think of a up to date example, Younhas Get It. As Chelsea stated in her review, the MV is a critique of the double usual that plagues women who display their frustration. The song and video takes a more potent tone and symbol than most of Younhas previous music. But she was flooded with malicious comments attacking her for departing from the former Younha and in some wayclose down her Twitter.

Gaya: I didnt know that came about to Younha, thats terrible! I bet thats the turnfacet of voicing our opinions, especially when we are in war of words with an idols work taking the criticism too far. I don't forget Ga-in copping identical flak after the shower teaser for her unmarried fxxk u. Up except then she had been showered with compliment for not being like other girls and employing sex to sell her music. But that has since passed, and I hope its the similar for this sentiment about former Younha.

There have definitely been times where a feminine acts lyrics have led to controversy (like Twices Cheer Up and IUs Zeze), but I think Qing has some extent about their voices being drowned out. More usally than not, girl groups get into controversies over more visual components like dance moves and outfits. But whatever it is, I think there's aother reaction when this is a female idol involved.

We accept that men perpetuate sexism because they have the ease of it; but if a woman, who doesn'tmake the most of sexism, is visible as perpetrating it, were once in a while not yes how to give an explanation for it. Perhaps its the men who wrote the lyrics, created the choreography, directed the MV, utilizingthosegirls and women for their own ends. Or, the female idols have complete agency and featureselectedto head down this path. Its this dichotomy that The Entertainment Pascal seems to capitalise on with Stellar, the girl organization that caters to the male gaze but is empowered by doing so.

Thats all from us. Any mind or comments you need to add? Sound out below!

(Images by the use of JYP Entertainment, Large Hit Entertainment, SM Entertainment, Starship Entertainment, Loen Entertainment, C9.)


Idols Who Can Spearhead Social Change, Part 2

Idols Who Can Spearhead Social Change, Part 2

20140915_seoulbeats__epikhigh_tablo Idols Who Can Spearhead Social Change, Part 2 Written by Hania On February 27, 2015 2015 is well underway and everyone seems keen to make sure this year turns out better than the last. In the world of K-pop, where controversial opinions are hushed, its extremely refreshing to even hear a cheeky comment from an idol which goes against social norms. Last years article highlighted some of these idols, but, seeing as a new year is underway, it seems appropriate to touch on this subject again to celebrate those idols we can look to for positivity this year.

Amber is an idol that was mentioned in last years article, and since her solo debut, she has continued to show why shes one of the most socially important idols out there right now. Last time, we discussed her reinterpretation of beauty standards in the idol industry, which is something that her new song Beautiful touches on again. The song centres around accepting yourself, and despite this being a cliched topic, Ambers sincerity makes it well worth a listen.

Ever since her debut in f(x) around five years ago, many have questioned Ambers sexuality, basing their assumptions mostly on her appearance. These speculations often take a derogatory tone, criticising her for her tomboyish appearance and speaking of homosexuality as something unacceptable. Notably, Amber never flatly denies peoples suggestions, as some other idols who are offended or upset by the suggestion that they might be anything but straight do.

This positive attitude of hers came through when she recently appeared on Music Access, a radio show hosted by NUESTs Aron. When asked about the rumours she hears about her dating both male and female idols, Ambers response was brilliantly refreshing.

It’s just so funny, but it’s really cute. I don’t like it just because it puts my friends in a very awkward situation, but I like it because it’s kinda… People say I look like a boyfriend where I can take care of people, and that’s actually very nice to hear. It’s nice to hear I’m good with my friends so it’s a little flattering – it’s awkward, but it’s nice.

Amber is still clearly uncomfortable with the rumours that surround her, but who wouldnt be when their dating life is being nitpicked in the public eye? Ambers only problem with the rumours seems to be that it puts her friends in an awkward position, rather than the fact that some people are suggesting she is gay. Her response, despite it timidly tip-toeing around the issue, shows that she refuses to paint the LGBT community as something negative by flatly denying any rumours about her sexuality. Regardless of whether she is straight, bisexual, lesbian or anything else, its vitally important that she doesnt react to peoples speculations about her sexuality in a negative manner.

In fact, Amber seems to own the idea of looking like her female friends boyfriend. Her comment shows that she takes pride in being able to look after her friends, rather than being offended by the masculine label. Amber has shown time and time again that she takes an inclusive approach to the world, and keeping her immense popularity in mind, this certainly bodes well for a potential change of attitude amongst the public.

When it comes to inspirational and respectable figures in the Korean music scene, Tablos name is often mentioned. Tablo has voiced his opinions on everything from racism to fatherhood and stands as a beacon of light for many K-pop fans who often find themselves shaking their heads at the problematic remarks we often hear from idols. Just skimming over Tablos lyrics alone reveals the depth with which he looks at the world.

Through Tablos actions and words, it is evident that he is doing his best to create an honest and intelligent discourse in the industry. Shows like Superman Returns, which Tablo is on with his daughter Haru, celebrate fathers relationships with their children in a society which still very much sees child-rearing as a feminine role. Tablos precious and open relationship with his daughter breaks down the barriers that may deter some fathers from enjoying a loving relationship with their children.

Tablo is also known for his outspoken views on a range of issues, which he often expresses in interviews, in his lyrics or on Twitter. Tablos retweet a few months ago regarding the awful occurrences in Ferguson demonstrate concern for global issues. Especially in Koreas context, its vitally important to spread awareness about racism and foster a caring global society.

These handful of examples demonstrate that Tablo is one of the key figures stimulating intellectual discourse in the music scene, fusing poetry, philosophy and rap together for a potentially great social effect.

Finally, another rapper known for his outspoken lyrics is B.A.Ps Bang Yong-guk, who puts issues like crime in society or living a frivolous life into the spotlight through his music. His lyrics and the groups image have always carried a somewhat rebellious and revolutionary tone, setting them apart in the K-pop landscape.

Yong-guk is also well known for the consistent and genuine charity work and volunteering he does. Celebrities are often spotted posing for cute photo ops with orphans or abandoned puppies, but this is often nothing more than a staged publicity stunt. In Yong-guks case, however, his dedication to helping others proves his genuineness. Its recently been revealed that each B.A.P. member has only made $17,000 (USD) over three years of promotions, which is an absolutely measly amount. Although Yong-guk himself has a bit more money than this in his account due to his participation in the song-writing process, its probably still not a fortune. This fact makes it all the more incredible that Yong-guk still does not hesitate to donate to the more needy. Many of us probably rationalise that we should not donate to others because we ourselves have very little money, but in reality, most of us are in the position to help to some extent.

In light of B.A.Ps recent fallout with their company, TS Entertainment, Yong-guk can be seen as the one leading the charge against the maltreatment. With the spate of recent lawsuits against restrictive companies, it is not farfetched to imagine that Yong-guk will be the one leading the group in a new direction in the aftermath of their lawsuit.

The broader implication of this is that it has drawn light to the unfair working conditions and lack of laws to safeguard workers in Korea. High profile lawsuits, such as that of B.A.P, are forcing people to confront the issue, and someone with Yong-guks attitude holds great potential for being a public figurehead for the cause.

In many ways, idols are people we aspire to be like. The very name idol suggests that we should look up to these people since they are somehow better than the rest of us. Most of the time, however, we attempt to emulate idols in shallow ways, usually by trying to copy their appearance or clothing styles. Instead, wed be much better off looking at the idols who have proven themselves to be brilliant role models due to the content of their character. These idols are not just potential role models to us in our personal lives, but can actually go some way to changing societal attitudes. They are, after all, the ones in the spotlight, and hopefully some will attempt to use their public profile for good.

(Doonga News, YouTube [1][2][3], Images via TS Entertainment, YG Entertainment, SM Entertainment)


Celebrity Dads Fuel Social Change in China

Celebrity Dads Fuel Social Change in China

20141130_seoulbeats_whereareyougoingdad Celebrity Dads Fuel Social Change in China Written by Rachel On December 6, 2014 What can spark a social revolution? Inspiring speeches? Massive protests? Social media? Try temper tantrums, snack time, and one dead tarantula. China’s remake of South Korea’s Dad! Where Are We Going? is doing more than just entertaining millions; it’s starting conversations about traditional roles.

Hunan Television’s Mandarin version of the hit Korean show has been a massive success ever since its debut. More than 600 million people tune in each week, including China’s President and General Secretary of the Communist Party Xi Jinping. It averages 4.3% in viewer ratings at a time when only a handful of shows get more than 1%.

Like the Korean original, the show follows five celebrity fathers taking their children to the countryside or exotic locations like New Zealand. Missions like selling vegetables, riding camels, and fishing bring out all of the cute, curious, and sometimes spoiled antics we expect from children.

But a large part of the show’s appeal is seeing fathers try to bond with their children and the insights that come with it; after all, the fathers joined the show because they felt they didn’t spend enough time with them. A survey by Chongqing Morning News revealed that 81% believed that fathers do not have large enough roles in educating their children and only 17% could say that their own fathers had a principal role in raising them.

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It’s obvious at the beginning that many don’t have basic parenting skills like: how to calm a crying child, how to make breakfast, or how to braid their daughter’s hair. Their failures make viewers laugh, but it’s their whole-hearted attempts and improvements that make them endearing. After a particularly tiring episode, actor Guo Tao (郭涛, 2013 season) confessed, “I’ve only been taking care of my son for three full days, and I feel like breaking down. I can’t imagine how my wife managed to do this for the past six years.”

Each father also has his own parenting style, showing that there is more than one way to raise a child. China’s number one fashion model Sean Zhang (张亮, Zhang Liang, 2013 season) gained popularity fast by being more of a friend to his son Tiantian (天天,) than a traditional father. His gentle relationship with his son has won him much support online. In contrast, Guo Tao’s traditional parenting style with his son Guo Zirui (石头, nicknamed little stone) has been criticized as being too harsh. But the praise and criticism doesn’t end on the message boards; people are reflecting on themselves and their own children too.

In traditional Chinese culture, the Confucian ideal of filial piety created an environment where the parent’s wants and desires were to be obeyed at all times, no questions asked. In addition, the fathers were breadwinners and disciplinarians while mothers were caretakers. But times are changing and with it are attitudes about parenting and children. These days Chinese parents are seeing the value in listening to their children a bit more, to better prepare them for the modern world. Part of this shift can be attributed to China’s one-child policy where many Chinese children are only children. This makes for a more child-focused rather than an elder-focused family.

The question of what makes a good father is also showing signs of change. In modern society more and more mothers are working, yet are still usually expected to take care of the household. In a survey by communications firm JWT, more than two-thirds of fathers said that their number one childcare duty was either driving their kid to extracurricular activities or to school. Fewer than 20% thought that changing diapers or making lunch was part of their role. However, this doesn’t mean Chinese fathers don’t want to be more involved. In the same survey, 60% of fathers said they felt they needed more time with their children (compared with women at 37%). In addition, 93% said that the workplace should be more accommodating for dads.

The fathers’ struggles and epiphanies about parenting are honest and relatable. Angela’s father, director Wang Yuelun(王岳伦), was surprised that he couldn’t do a simple ponytail for his daughter and after many attempts had to ask the production staff for help. Many were also at a loss when they were challenged to simply cook a meal for their children.

Each episode features the dads doing something new and learning how to be better fathers along the way. And because the words are coming from the fathers themselves, other Chinese fathers are more open to listening to their advice and insights. Fu Xiaoping, a childhood education expert at Fudan University notes, “By revealing the joy possible in child rearing, the show will help make fathers pay more attention to their kids. The result of the show will be 100 times better than any well-intentioned advice coming from wives.”

Reality TV can have an impact on people, for better or for worse. Academics found that when 16 and Pregnant aired on television there were spikes in people doing online searches about birth control and having twitter conversations about it; honest portrayals of teen pregnancy from other teens left a far greater impression than another lecture. Apart from the conversations and spinoffs inspired by the show, there are little signs that parenting may be changing. Daxiaoaiwan, a magazine on WeChat, encourages parents to adopt new attitudes about parenting such as letting children play; it gained over 10,000 subscribers in just five months. The Ministry for Education also issued a guide for teachers and parents about raising 3-6 year olds in 2012, the first of its kind.

With a second hit season, a movie, and fan memorabilia, Chinas Where Are We Going, Dad? has entertained millions with a killer combination of cute kids and celebrity fathers. But more than that, the show is chance for Chinese families to see an alternative to the traditional father role. As more people see and want the benefits of having both parents’ involvement, China is set for a new definition for the word “Dad.”

(Offbeat China, New York Times, China Topix,, The Atlantic, Mic, Quartz, YouTube, NPR. Images via Hunan Television)


Idols who can Spearhead Social Change

Idols who can Spearhead Social Change

20130503_seoulbeats_shinee Idols who can Spearhead Social Change Written by Hania On November 25, 2014 International K-pop fans are sometimes left with a bitter taste in our mouths due to problematic comments or behaviours from idols. These are feelings that have recently been reignited due to Wendys parody of African-Americans and Zicos homophobic slur in Tough Cookie, bringing to light the social attitudes that still need a bit of work. In addition to sometimes propagating negative cultural attitudes towards certain demographics, idols hardly ever seem to use their celebrity for good by promoting positive attitudes. This is understandable in the tightly regulated K-pop industry, where the amount of time and money invested into each idol means that they must be stopped from saying anything controversial that may affect their careers. This of course means that the glossy world of K-pop ends up sweeping a range of social issues under the carpet of political correctness. This includes issues such as the heteronormative mindset which invalidates the LGBT community, the tendency to hush up mental health issues, and the pressure of unrealistic physical ideals. All these things can be a reflection of issues in the society at large, or can negatively contribute to fans’ perceptions of how they should look, feel and behave.

In light of all of this, there is nothing as refreshing and uplifting as idols who speak up about these issues, putting themselves on the line to promote positivity. Public statements on controversial issues are incredibly rare, and when it is done, it sets a positive precedent. Seeing as thousands of fans effectively idolise K-pop idols (hence the name), social change can gradually make its way into society thanks to the actions of idols. Thankfully, we have a handful of idols to look up to in this regard, and whats more, these idols have the potential to further redirect the public discourse in Korea.

Increasing acceptance of the LGBT community is one of the areas where public support from idols can really make a difference. The list of powerful idols who in some way promote acceptance of the LGBT community or dont conform to gender norms include idols such as Heechul and Jo Kwon, facing a fair bit of backlash themselves for these views.

SHINee as a group have made a series of notable moves which show their potential to break down social stigma. One of Jonghyuns greatest credits is his support of the LGBT movement, a particularly moving example of this being the Anneyong Student Protest. In a Twitter DM to the transgender student organising the event, Jonghyun wrote:

As an entertainer, as another kind of minority facing the public, I feel at loss towards a world that does not accept differences I support you for speaking out that different doesnt mean wrong.

Jonghyuns statement that being different isnt inherently a bad thing can also be applied to different aspects of Korean society, such as the pressure to obtain unrealistic physical ideals. Jonghyun rather frankly questioned: “What is wrong with being ugly? Life is not all about the looks.” In an industry as image conscious as K-pop, this kind of statement is a breath of fresh air to fans who feel inadequate compared to their apparently perfect biases.

The good vibes seem to be a recurring theme in SHINee, with member Key voicing his thoughts on mental health. South Koreas mind-bogglingly high suicide rate shows the nations dire need of reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses. Key left the following comment on a self-harming Shawols Instagram profile, extending support to her and hinting at his own issues regarding this taboo topic.

In the idol world of S-lines, X-lines, crash diets and leeks for meals, K-pop is not known for its promotion of healthy body image. Thankfully, there are idols who demonstrate positive body image despite not being the physical ideal, or are quick to rebut the idea that idols should be physically perfect.

One such example is Lee Gook-joo, who embodies positive body image messages by refusing to conform to the gimmicky and offensive image of what someone who doesnt fit the ideal should behave like. In her case, she fabulously contradicts the idea that women who arent a size 0 cant be gorgeous and confident.

Another great example is f(x)s Amber, who stepped up to the defence of fellow member Sulli when a man told her that she should lose weight. Amber was fired up by the mans comment, telling him that Its not right to hurt other people because of your own standards. This is a message that the visually homogeneous K-pop industry certainly needs to take on board, with Amber herself being the perfect example of a unique kind of beauty.

These few snippets of positive messages that promote increased acceptance of the LGBT community, openness regarding mental health and positive body image may not seem like much at first glance, but are a great starting step to gradual social change. Pop culture is the most prolific form of media in any society, and therefore a great vehicle for spreading positivity. With more and more idols exposing social issues or expressing uplifting opinions, K-pop can be turned into a positive force, rather than one riddled with countless examples of colourism, sexism, homophobia, and all the other horrible isms and phobias you can think of.

(YouTube, Black K-pop Fans, Images via SM Entertainment)


The Sunday Social: 9/7, What needs to change in K-pop

The Sunday Social: 9/7, What needs to change in K-pop

20140907_eunb_ladiescode The Sunday Social: 9/7, What needs to change in K-pop? Written by Amy On September 7, 2014 The past week has just been a terrible news week, with the deaths of both of Ladies Codes EunB and RiSe following a terrible car accident on a rainy night in Seoul.

While there were external circumstances that caused the car accidentrainy conditionsthis is barely the first time there have been car accidents in K-pop, which weve seen time and time again, due to negligence of the drivers and also because groups and artists are constantly rushing from one event to the next.

K-pop celebs have offered condolences for the two ladies, but it will probably not affect any change to the situation that contributed to their deaths in the first place.

Sowhat needs to be changed about the industry so that things like thisand things even worsecan be prevented? How can the industry be realistically changed?


Roundtable: The K-Social Network -

Roundtable: The K-Social Network -

Seoul Beats Idols Music Film Drama TV Media Style Culture TweetRoundtable: The K-Social Network - idolsRoundtable: The K-Social Network - Roundtable: The K-Social Network Written by Seoulbeats On March 27, 2013Roundtable: The K-Social Network -

Idoldom and SNS can sometimes be a bad mix, but that hasnt stopped idols from getting more and more involved on various social media platforms, much to their fans delight. With Taeyeons Instagram being the latest notable addition to the plethora of idol accounts out there for fans perusal, we asked our writers: what is your experience of Hallyu stars on SNS? Which platforms? How about translations? Who is(are) your favourite idol(s) to follow?

Gaya: I used to follow ALL the K-pop idols on Twitter, until I remembered that I dont understand Korean. My feed would be a constant stream of Hangul I could string together but couldnt even begin to comprehendsave for ke, of course. So I unfollowed the majority of the idols and replaced them with translation accounts, though I prefer reading translated tweets on tumblr; the layout is more user-friendly there.

Lindsay: That is one of the benefits of being a fan of U-KISS and BTOB, English tweeters! Eli, Kevin, and Peniel all tweet in English (as well as Korean) on a regular enough basis to make them worth following. Other than that? Sometimes I follow my biases and just pretend I understand them.

Honestly, any other media sharing venue is better than Twitter for following idols because the posts can be less text based. Bang Yong-guks appearance on tumblr is a good example of thisexciting new music, not much Hangul.

Fannie: To be honest, I never really got into the whole idol-social-media thing. I tried it out early on and ran into the same issues as Gaya (walls of Hangul and ㅋㅋㅋ taking over my Twitter feed), now I just rely on others to reblog the more interesting updates on my tumblr dash.

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Nicholas: Same with Fannie here. I like my twitter feed to be short and concise with information relevant to me, and idols taking photos of themselves doing random activities certainly does not exactly scream relevant. Any way if anything is important it would very quickly get picked up by the fancies.

Roundtable: The K-Social Network - Another issue with most celebrity social media accounts is how they all fall into the same patterns of looking narcissistic by non celebrity standards. I think I will only get into a celebrity account if the photos are either unobtainable elsewhere or if the celeb has a sense if humour about the lives they live.

I will just stick to tumblr for my dose of the pretty pictures and occasional fan art or fan-written insights for now.

Gaya: Nicholas, that just reminded me of Jonghyuns tumblr, with his pranks and photoshop competitions using pictures of Minho and then Minho seeking revenge using SHINees me2day! Does anyone here have a me2day, by the way? Or a Weibo or some non-Western social media account?

Seeing idols interact with each other is what I love most about idol social media, especially between groups. And especially when flirting is involved. It feels a bit stalkerish at times, but its interesting to see whos following who and who isnt.


Gaya: Sorry, Nabeela.

Roundtable: The K-Social Network - Lindsay: Im with Gaya, I also love how awesome following idols on Twitter is for seeing the best scandals unfold. Idols are always making tweets (and posts on other sites too) that end up getting deleted right away due to their questionable nature. Or, as just happened with the JunHara situation, you get the first scoop into idols personal relationship life. Nobody would have had an inkling their relationship was on the rocks if it werent for them unfollowing each other.

Gaya: I love how Cube and DSP tried to deny it at first, even claiming that they were just having a lovers tiff or something.

Lindsay: Maybe they were still together when they made that stament? I think the companies have handled the news of the break-up in a similar fashion to how they announced their relationship, simply asking the two about their relationship status instead of guessing, and it couldnt be more refreshing.

This couple never felt the need to hide their relationship there was no drama and denial. Their entertainment companies were honest and simply stated that the two had a budding relationship and they hoped fans would watch over them. Sadly, with official news of the breakup, there is one less open K-pop idol couple to set a good example for others.

Roundtable: The K-Social Network - Ambika: No non-Western social media accounts here.

Ive never gotten into Twitter. I see it, and it looks amusing, but just not my choice of social media. It probably has to do with how I got into tumblr before I realized idols tweeting was a thing people followed. Luckily, there are more than enough translators to reblog or like. I suppose the person whose activity on Twitter that I like to monitor most through tumblr is Bang Yong-guks. Its interesting the types of things he links to and even more amusing to see someone name whatever artwork he posts and supply some extra information about it. And also Seungri. I think Im still laughing over his entrance to Twitter, tweets in English, and overuse of exclamation points.

Roundtable: The K-Social Network - Cynthia: I have a Weibo that I never use. I made it to follow Han Geng after he made his account, but Ive logged on like twice since then. And I think one was so that I could send messages to EXO-M during one of their interviews. Anyway, I now rely on fan blogs to keep me posted on any material from there.

I follow K-pop stars on Twitter for one of two reasons: either to keep up with their pictures/videos or to judge/laugh at their tweets. The first category consists of members of my favorite bands as well as most of the English-speaking idols. The second category consists of people like Jay Park, the members of Big Bang, and Jonghyun because his twitter is hilarious even if I dont know what hes saying half the time.

Other than that, I just rely on my friends blogs/twitter profiles to filter the relevant updates.

(Images via Dispatch, Instagram[1][2], Twitter[1][2][3], Weibo)


Sandara Park takes lovers on a private one-on-one date by way of social media

Sandara Park takes lovers on a private one-on-one date by way of social media

Share on FacebookShare on Twitter2NE1 member Sandara Park greeted her enthusiastscurrentlythrough taking them out on a date with her via her Instagram account.

On July 13th, Sandara posted two pictures on her account, the usage of a selfie stick as she walked round thetown in an adorable getup. She writes, Blackjack Nolja! Today, youre dating me!

She presentations off her distinct style sense and dressed inoriginal accessories to check her outfit. Her unblemished, glowing and little one skin especially stands proud in her photos. In one photo, Sandara relays her lovable charms as she sticks a tongue out whilstmaking ready to dig into her tonkatsu meal.

Meanwhile, she recently wrapped up her activities as one of the most MC for jTBCSugarman, and is proceeding her solo activities with the exception of 2NE1.

Image: Date with fans by way of Instagram / @daraxxi Image: Date with fans through Instagram / @daraxxi

Image: Taking section in close to lunch on her Date with fans / @daraxxi Image: Enjoying some lunch on her Date with fans / @daraxxi

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Snapchat: A New Technology of Social Media

Snapchat: A New Technology of Social Media

20160227_seoulbeats_ericnam_tablo_amberSnapchat: A New Technology of Social Media?Written through Sydney On July 11, 201620160629_seoulbeats_brianAs Snapchat becomes more prevalent, it isn'tsudden that Korean celebrities also arestarting to use the application to attach to their fans, and even perhapsattraction to prospective fans. Some of the celebsthe usage of IT include UKISSs Kevin, Eric Nam, Tablo, SNSDs Tiffany and Sooyoungf(x)s Amber, and Gray.

You might or won't take heard of it before, yet Snapchat is a social networking application which boasts over one hundred million users and over 10 billion video perspectives daily. It's milesessentially a messaging application where users send timed footage and videos that can be accessorized with captions and filters. After the set time is up, the pictures are deleted. This theoretically lets in for snippets, or Snaps, of the folkslifestyles to be shared with buddies in a carefree and unrefined manner.

More recently, Snapchat has expanded to transform more of a social networking website online alongside the introductionof reports for users to proportion Snaps with all in theirpals at once. With the creation of Reviews and the option of Discovery, corporationsmay share promotional videos through Snapchat. Similarly, idols can share their stories on the platform to users who can freely apply their stories, and even reply without delay to the images in the tale without being observed by any others.

But how is Snapchat other from other (older) sorts of social media? Or more importantly, where is Snapchat in the timeline of repeatedly evolving idol-fan dating dynamics? Perhaps we wish tocrossa bit ofextraago and get started from a time before social media.

Prior to the advent of social media, K-pop idols and loversmost effective interacted in user at song shows, concerts, or call-ins at radio shows. Fans learned data close to their idols thru interviews and appearances on radio broadcasts, tv shows, and magazines. Fans of the K-pop originators can maximum likelyconsider the days where phones with cords (e.g. landlines and phones at telephone booths) were necessary in getting announcements and vote casting for their favourite idols, and when a VHS recording was once the most out there style to re-watch  – or watch  – them.

In general, it type of feels that there has been no genuine agency to know idols with the exception of the images created for them, and the appearances idols made on quite so much ofpresentations were most certainlywithout difficulty regulated and regulated because they might be edited prior to release. Plus, the most visuala section of a superstarbecome their performance, and that says very little about their exact personalities. All it displays is the perfected result of endless hours of practice.

20160629_seoulbeats_fx_amberThe occurrence of social media has replaced this idol-fan dynamic, and celebrities are now creatures less alien to us. Social media in overall bridges the divide between idol and fan by offering fans with furthersubject matter to help them in forming a more cohesive symbol of the idol. Also, the advent of social media has allowed K-pop to spread further than its borders, into the web where the fabric becomes more widely and readily available.

With company-created Facebook pages and reputable websites, we get more detailed guide about the idols akin to their profiles and scheduled events, permitting fans to be told more about them and in finding opportunities to enhance them. With private Twitter accounts, fans can see snippets of idols mind and most likely how they have interaction with others on an off-the-cuff basis. Instagram, meanwhile, permits idols to share images – in most casessparsely edited and selected – from their lives.

Though thosebureaucracy of social media are supposed to bridge the distance between idol and fan, the cloth presented still turns out regulated and rigorously considered. After all, one would probably think two timesprior to posting anythingon the web because once the drapery is posted, it can notactually ever be taken back. And, it mightrather well exist used opposed to you in the future.

In contrast, Snapchat, more so than other kinds of social media, appears to bring an extrapart of closeness between idol and fan by way of its ephemerality.

In general, Snaps do have a tendency to be brief, unedited, and unrefined glimpses of peoples lives. Audiencerevel in the Snaps in a brisk velocity dictated by the sender. Additionally, the Snapchat Stories only exist for twenty-four hours before they disappear. In contrast, other social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter permit viewers to have an unlimitedquantity of time to browse whatever they wish. Of course, Snaps can also bestored in the shape of screenshots, but they aren't meant for that purpose. They are meant to be glanced at, thought to be briefly, and doubtlesslyin the end forgotten.

Thus, the temporality of the images allows for this ease and carefreeness through which fans can see how idols capture and interpret small, everyday things. This carefreeness makes the idol appear more like a chum that feels no disgrace in appearing their more unattractive and dull sides. Also, since Snapchat has the stories in a continualcirculationjumbled in with the Snapchat stories of your friends, you fail to remember whose Snaps you'retaking a look at, and it feels as though all the stories presented belong to peersin position of strangers.

Though the Snaps do seem to bea lot more stripped down and personable, the term social media still calls attention to the truththat each and every onefabricsthroughout the source are mediated one way or the other or another. After all, the idols can persistently retake Snaps, and idols are still very much conscious and wary of the material that they put out for their fans to see.

Thus, theres no way of knowing whether or no longer these Snapchat personas are simply extensions of the ones they are forced to take on by their companies, and now noteven supposing the character is one contrived by the idols themselves. Whilst it seems as though Snapchat is an street for idols to turned into closer to their fans, there might also not be a basic difference between it and other sorts of social media.

On the turn side, Snapchat could cause fans to feel closer to their idols and make allowance them to forge a more own connection with them. While it presumably translates into providing more in a position support to the idols, it is helping fans realize that idols are humans with flaws too. This humanization then allows for an id and more potent bond with the idol, where they can then be approached as decent equals instead of untouchable, summary entities affixed with irrational expectations.

What are your thoughts on idols use of Snapchat? Does it seem to present an additional detail of closeness not afforded on other social media platforms, or does it seem similar?

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The Sunday Social, 7/10: Combat  Opposed to Anti-Blackness

The Sunday Social, 7/10: Combat Opposed to Anti-Blackness

20150804_seoulbeats_leemichelleThe Sunday Social, 7/10: CombatOpposed to Anti-BlacknessWritten by skill of Gaya On July 10, 201620160711_seoulbeats_blacklivesmatterHello everyone; I'm hoping you all had a secure Sunday.

This week in the U.S. saw the names of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile emblazoned in headlines, as they died at the hands of police officers. Their deaths have extrashownthe will for the Black Lives Subject movement, which used to beunfortunately perverted with the shooting attack on a march in Dallas, Texas.

Violence isn't the answer; instead, we will have to fight against the ideology that puts Black folks Be they African, African-American, Black British or Indigenous ready of decrease value. And whilstit will sound like that here's an American issue, that doesnt mean we cant center of attention on and deal with Anti-Blackness inside of our own country, within our own network and within ourselves.

After all, we all make the maximum of Black creations adding K-pop. The least we could bein a position to do is to prevent silently accepting the attitudes that make it that much more straightforward to kill Black people.

(Black Lives Matter, Black Lady Dangerous. Symbol via: DIMA Entertainment)


EXO individuals terrorized online by skill of netizens for ignoring their juniors NCT

EXO individuals terrorized online by skill of netizens for ignoring their juniors NCT

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterPopular idol groups frequently cheer on the junior teams from their firmby potential of posting about their releases and promotions on SNS. 

However, male group EXO has come beneathfireplace from lovers of SM Entertainments latest group NCT for now notappearing any strengthen for the gangregardless of already beginning their 2d sub-unit NCT 127. Even supposing not all senior groups advertise their junior groups on SNS all of the time, fans of NCT have wondered why EXO isnt aiding push NCT, with some even suggesting that EXO is jealous and feeling threatened by the boys.

1. Why arent you selling NCT

2. Its not a shouldyetin truth they assistsell all other junior groups and they dont assistance them out its so obtrusive why ㅋㅋㅋㅋ Its all because theyre jealous (feel threatened) (edited)

3. I could bein a position to feel Chanyeols frustration your entire way from here

Check out NCT sub-unit NCT 127s first tune video Fire Truck below:

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