More information is penetrating the hermit kingdom, but it's not having the impact we might have expected.
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The conventional wisdom is that there could be nothing more dangerous to North Korea's current leadership than the penetration of information into North Korea from the outside world. A new empirical study released last week by Nat Ketchum and Jane Kim entitled "A Quiet Opening: North Koreans in a Changing Media Environment"draws on surveys and interviews from North Korean refugees to show that information penetration is changing North Korea, but the result has been an evolutionary change of circumstances in North Korea rather than uprising or revolution.
Almost four-fifths of survey respondents indicated that word-of-mouth is the most common means by which information is disseminated in North Korea. Two-fifths of respondents identified DVDs and official state media as primary sources of information, and about one-fifth of respondents acknowledged South Korean and foreign media as important sources of information in North Korea. This data confirms that North Korea is a society where rumors travel fast. Prohibitions on "horizontal" transmission of information are increasingly ineffective. The state media is increasingly challenged as an official source of information and entertainment, not only by rumors but also by better produced propaganda-free entertainmet offerings from South Korea.