Wednesday, May 23, 2012

'Foreign instructor' takes third place

The 2005 English Spectrum Incident

Part 1: English Spectrum and 'Ask The Playboy'
Part 2: The Kimchiland where it’s easy to sleep with women and make money
Part 3: English Spectrum shuts down as Anti-English Spectrum is created
Part 4: How to hunt foreign women
Part 5: Did the foreigners who denigrated Korean women throw a secret party?
Part 6: The 'Ask The Playboy' sexy costume party
Part 7: Stir over ‘lewd party’ involving foreigners and Korean women
Part 8: The 2003 post that tarred foreign English teachers as child molesters
Part 9: Netizens shocked by foreign instructor site introducing how to harass Korean children
Part 10: Movement to expel foreign teachers who denigrated Korean women
Part 11: "Middle school girls will do anything"
Part 12: Netizens propose 'Yankee counter strike force'
Part 13: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 1

Part 14: Segye Ilbo interview with the women from the party, part 2
Part 15: Web messages draw Koreans’ wrath
Part 16: Thai female laborers and white English instructors
Part 17: 'Regret' over t
he scandal caused by confessions of foreign instructors
Part 18: "Korean men have no excuse"
Part 19: "Unfit foreign instructo
rs should be a 'social issue'"
Part 20: 'Clamor' at foreigner English education site
Part 21: Foreign instructor: "I want to apologize"
Part 22: No putting brakes on 'Internet human rights violations'
Part 23: "They branded us as whores, yanggongju and pimps," part 1
Part 24: "They branded us as whores, yanggongju and pimps," part 2
Part 25: Don't Imagine
Part 26: 'Foreign instructor' takes third place

On January 24, 2005, Media Today reported on the top 5 search terms at Daum for the week of January 11 to 17. Titled '"It looks just like a person..." Human Fish in first place,' it presents this list and the following description of the background behind the third most popular search term:

3rd place: Foreign instructor.
Third place is occupied by 'foreign instructor.'

Reports about foreign instructors living in Korea who posted writing which denigrated Korean women and held a secret party drew attention.

Along with this, a recently spread 'how to sexually harass students' [post] also caused outrage.

In the process, an internet media site with claims to 'healthy conservatism' exhibited reporting behavior which included publishing, like a 'pictorial project,' photos of American men and Korean women which hinted at or seemed like sex acts and a picture of a woman with her underwear exposed, while under the pretext of 'criticism' and 'accusation' sensationally kept reporting on the netizens who hurled colorful insults and criticism at the Korean women, and included even the element of human rights violations.
Needless to say, that 'foreign instructor' was in third place that week at Daum would suggest that the debacle had caught the attention of a lot of people. As for the summary, on the one hand, it's hard not to think "so much for the headlines saying 'It wasn't a secret party'" (and it certainly wasn't English teachers who spread that post), but on the other hand, that summary really does criticize the internet media who were involved, and while I'm not sure which one had "claims to 'healthy conservatism,'" I can only imagine it's Dalian (or perhaps My Daily) which is being criticized.

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