Only trump could bring peace between north and south korea lion of the blogosphere electricity review worksheet


No one should use pop music (kpop or otherwise) as a measure for creativity. Pop music is the most dumbed down, repetitious and formulaic music there is. In fact, the more mindless a song is the more likely it is to be popular. Don’t take my word for it. Multiple independent studies reached similar conclusions. That is the opposite of creativity. Even worse for the “kpop equals creativity” argument is that it’s not even their formula.

I’ll give Kurosawa his due, though. Seven Samurai and Yojimbo are great movies. And they inspired some decent adaptions such as The Magnificent Seven, A Fistful of Dollars and Last Man Standing. And, of course, Lucas was a big Kuraswa fan which you can see in some of his Star Wars themes. On the other hand, Kurosawa was heavily influenced by the west as well. One of his best films Ikiru was loosely based on a novel by Tolstoy. And some of his others like Ran and Throne of Blood were adaptations of Shakespeare. Kurosawa did a pretty good job with them, too.

Western movies do a lot better in the east than eastern movies do in the west. And most of the western adaptations of eastern movies don’t fare very well at all. But cherry-picking a handful of movies (or anything else) to make a point doesn’t make the point. And I don’t think a little pop music or a few movies — regardless of which direction it’s going — necessarily indicates either the quantity or quality of creativity. Most people just aren’t that smart. So the best stuff will rarely be the most popular, either at home or abroad.

First, kpop is korean not japanese. And, second, I deliberately gave no indication of whether I thought either of those countries was creative. I merely said that kpop wasn’t creative. But you respond as if I said they weren’t. That irks me because someone might read your comment and think I said something I didn’t.

Whether a movie studio makes a sequel is a business decision having nothing to do with creativity. I’ll explain. Making a new movie carries a large risk of failure. But a sequel to a successful movie has a much higher chance of success. They similarly make adaptations of successful foreign movies believing them to have a higher chance of success. They figure if it was successful overseas that it has a higher chance of being successful in America. Maybe it does. I don’t know. But it ‘s still much less likely to be successful than a sequel to a successful American movie. Because the sequel has a built-in audience and name recognition that an adaptation of a foreign movie doesn’t have.

For instance, the idea of putting the Kims up in luxury style to the tune of a few hundred million in exchange for them getting out of the way/becoming merely a Korean pop culture icon of Korean unification is something that is totally unthinkable to the Deep State/elite diplomats/conventional politicians in the US. Whereas it is quite thinkable to a guy like Trump who is quite amenable to spending comparatively minor amounts of money to make problems go away.

It’s unthinkable to any smart dictator who has seen what happens to deposed dictators. There’s nowhere the Kim Jong Un could go and have a reasonable expectation of peace and safety for the rest of his life. One of the consequences of all the talk of crimes against humanity and institutions like the ICC in the Hague is to make it 100% rational for dictators like Kim to cling on to power by any means they can. It may become rational for him to give up his nuclear weapons but only because he conventional weapons capable of killing millions of south Koreans near the border.

No one in America, whether right or left, seems to notice that the real driver behind the reconciliation has been Moon Jae-In, the President of South Korea. Moon is a leftist who also represents a lot of the strong nationalist anti-American feeling in South Korea, and who would love to see US troops leave and the two Koreas reconcile, even if it means leaving the Kim family in power.

Trump deserves credit, but not necessarily for the reasons Lion mentions. Trump has made it obvious that he is not interested in pursuing US hegemony in Asia at great cost and limited benefit. He also has really pissed off South Koreans with his tariffs and his talk about missile strikes that seemed to completely ignore the damage a war would do to South Korea. Moon has been able to use anti-Trump feeling to beat back the pro-American conservative factions in Korea and push a pro-North reconciliation agenda. To Trump’s credit, he certainly has succeeded in gutting the US State Department, which has made it very difficult for the Deep State to undermine Moon the way it normally would.