Extra! Korea

June 23, 2009

77% of Korean teenagers think society is corrupt

Filed under: rapid cultural change, youth — extrakorea @ 12:50 pm

In a recent poll, 76.8% of Korean middle- and high-school students said that they saw their society as corrupt, and 51.7% said that they felt that it would be worse in two or three years. Only 8% thought that their society is transparent. They considered politics, administrative agencies, and the media to be the most corrupt areas of society.

I’m not at all surprised by these numbers, since I saw the results of this UNICEF poll many years ago:

Attitudes expressed by children and adolescents in the Republic of Korea are different from the rest of the region [East Asia/Pacific region]. Level of respect for elders and authority figures is very low. However, traditions do not seem to be replaced by new values or centres of interest.

I am, however, very surprised that they counted the media as one of the most corrupt areas of society. I’m surprised because of the incredible sway that the media seems to hold over people’s opinions here, much more that in other societies. (Look at the way a TV program was able to incite massive, violent riots over beef imports.)

3 Comments »

  1. Nope, nothing surprising here… it should be noted that young/younger adults (university student to early 30’s) typically have the same feelings, yet have had little opportunity to correct them… Maybe it’s a generational thing, one that will die with the older politicians or ways of media? Who knows…

    Comment by Chris Backe (Chris in South Korea) — June 23, 2009 @ 10:36 pm

  2. Extra Korea wrote:

    I am, however, very surprised that they counted the media as one of the most corrupt areas of society. I’m surprised because of the incredible sway that the media seems to hold over people’s opinions here, much more that in other societies. (Look at the way a TV program was able to incite massive, violent riots over beef imports.)

    But that reaction was only one side of the story. A great many Koreans, though less vocal, were angry and appalled at the demonstrations last year. Many thought they were ridiculous and it was no surprise to me that when the beef finally arrived, it was eaten up (figuratively and literally).

    This is one of the key problems with the way the Western media and, more recently, English-language K-blogs look at Korea: there is a tendency to think that the loudest voices and the biggest stories are representative of the majority, when in fact this is often not true at all. The activist groups, particularly on the left, are very good at exploiting this facile analysis.

    Comment by kushibo — June 24, 2009 @ 6:11 am

    • But as they say, “All that’s required for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Why didn’t any of these many appalled Koreans say or do something, instead of just standing around and clucking their tongues like a bunch of hens while 3.75 trillion won worth of damage was caused, relations with an important ally were strained, and, once the world press publicized the story, Korea was made to look like a mob of hysterical adolescents? What really infuriated me was the way the Korean Teachers’ Union used schoolchildren as pawns to further their political agenda. Anyone who would use impressionable young kids like that is scum. Why didn’t Koreans say or do anything about that?

      Comment by extrakorea — June 24, 2009 @ 2:16 pm


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