Extra! Korea

May 31, 2009

Even the Japanese love the tweeting Kim Yu-na, Mao Asada becomes second woman to score over 200 points

Filed under: celebrities, sports, technology — extrakorea @ 5:48 am

In a poll of Japan’s favorite sports stars, Kim Yu-na made the tenth spot, the highest-ranking non-Japanese on the list. Kim’s archrival, Mao Asada, came in second.

Kim has become Korea’s most famous user of Twitter, an instant messaging service that allows one to send and receive text messages via both cell-phones and computers.

Personally, I don’t see the use of Twitter, and I’m someone who loves blogging and discussion boards. Anything worthy of being said requires at least a paragraph. In my view, Twitter’s popularity can be accounted for by widespread attention deficit disorder and il-o-literacy (lol + illiteracy). By “il-o-literacy,” I mean the condition of knowing one’s way around computer, but being functionally illiterate. I mean, is it really so hard to write “That’s hilarious!” or “Ha, ha!” that we had to replace it with “lol” (hence, “il-o-literacy”). And how often do people actually laugh out loud? Not that often. “Lol” has become an insipid cliche. If you ever want to see examples of il-o-literacy, just to go daveseslcafe and cringe at the spelling and grammar of so-called “English teachers.”

Returning to the topic of Mao Asada, she became the second woman to score over 200 points in competition. Moreover, it seems that the scoring system has been slightly revised, and in a way that could be advantageous to Mao and disadvantageous to Kim.


  1. […] Kim Yu-na is the 10th most popular athlete not in Korea, but in Japan of all places. […]

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  2. […] Twitter couldn’t have found a better spokesperson to generate interest here. Kim Yu-na, the immensely popular figure skating athlete, television commercial queen and perhaps the only personality who has a prayer for competing with the late-Roh Moo-hyun in local search word counts, recently became Twitter’s most famous Korean user.   [Korea Times via Extra Korea!] […]

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