The Digital Formation Of Identities In South Korea

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SOUTH KOREA South Korea is a country found in East Asia and is located on the southern tip of the Korean Peninsula. The Korean peninsula is 222,154 square kilometers, but due to different ideologies, Korea was divided in two in 1948. South Korea occupies 99,392 square kilometers and is referred to as the Republic of Korea while North Korea is ruled by a communist regime. South Korea is surrounded by three bodies of water: the Yellow Sea to the west, the Sea of Japan to the east, and the East China Sea to the south. Its neighbors include the North Koreans to the north and the Japanese in the southeast. According to a July 2010 estimate, there are approximately 48,636,068 Korean people. The national language spoken is Korean while the writing system is called Hangul. South Korea is divided into nine provinces and has seven metropolitan cities with Seoul being its capital ( INTRODUCTION The digital formation of identities through social media has become the driving force in today’s youth culture. The growth of broadband in South Korea has undoubtedly progressed technology to the point where an influx of social and online identities has been created. With its creation, Cyworld has become a Korean marvel where essentially everyone in Korean culture is expected to have one. The cultural and social implications of such technology has made it possible for many people in South Korea to communicate with friends, family, and has even harbored a new wave of online friendships. Moreover, you cannot say Korean without thinking Starcraft. With online game play, Starcraft has lead to another form of social interaction for South Koreans. Through both examples, it has been known that digital formations of identity have and can be created. BROADBAND According to a 2003 study, South Korea has the highest penetration of broadband in the world (S. Chang et al. 2003, 3).

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