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NY Philharmonic trip to North Korea

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by kida, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. kida

    kida Well-Known Member

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    This story has made headlines in every major Western news outlet. Here's a link for one. Apparently the North Korean Orchestra has accepted an invitation to play in the U.K., and talks are underway to organize an event in the U.S.

    My question is, is this a real step in the right direction? I don't think a concert is going to cause change, but it could be a signal that the climate is ready for change (eg - Metallica playing in Moscow in 1991).

    One of the problems I see here, though, is that the concert was performed only for the DPRK's Communist Party elite. It was broadcast on TV, but consider that the country has only 1.2 million televisions and a population of over 23 million.(1)(2) That, plus North Korea's media downplayed the event:

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    I think there's far more potential for something to happen if/when the North Korean Orchestra goes to the U.K. and maybe the U.S. When the musicians see what Western countries are like, it will be an eye-opening experience.
     
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