By Myung Oh, James Larson
This booklet explores the position of electronic info and communications expertise in South Korea’s improvement, beginning with and construction upon the an important advancements of the Nineteen Eighties. Its standpoint attracts at the info society notion and on a conceptual version of strategic restructuring of telecommunications. It additionally attracts on firsthand adventure in formulating and imposing guidelines. The research identifies facets of the Korean event from which constructing international locations around the globe may perhaps benefit.
Oh and Larson describe the progressive advancements of the Eighties together with the TDX digital switching process, an incredible surge ahead in semiconductors, the beginning of privatization and colour tv and the thoroughgoing restructuring of Korea’s telecommunications quarter. They extra discover govt management, the becoming deepest quarter and overseas alternate pressures within the diffusion of broadband, cellular communique, and convergence towards a ubiquitous community society. The function of schooling in those advancements is explored intimately, besides either the optimistic and disadvantages of Korea’s brilliant new electronic media. The booklet additionally seems to be at Korea’s turning out to be overseas involvement, its function in efforts to construct an international details society, and at last, its destiny position in cyberspace.
This ebook should be of curiosity to scholars, students and coverage makers attracted to communications applied sciences, Asian/Korean reviews and improvement stories.
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Politically, there was turmoil following the October 1979 assassination of President Park Chung Hee that continued into 1980 and under the government of President Chun Doo-hwan. Although the Chun government was criticized in many areas, its accomplishments in building new and modern digital communications networks would eventually help to usher in a lively participatory democracy in South Korea. The 1980s Telecommunications Revolution 23 As described in Chapter 1, the decade also began with a major social problem in the form of a massive backlog in provision of telephone service.
It contributed to a revolution in the graphics used in outdoor signs and all print, broadcast and electronic media because its alphabetic character lends itself perfectly to an endless variety of fonts. Today, the creation and sale of new Han-gul fonts for use on internet home pages is a major activity. For example, users of Cyworld, South Korea’s major social networking portal, say that pretty new fonts enable them to express themselves more freely in their writing. We underscore this background because the mainstream press and even more specialized research tend to gloss over or obscure the real impact of the Han-gul alphabet.
2, South Korea rose from a per-capita gross national income (GNI) of just US$79 in 1960 to one of over $21,000 in 2008. In December of 1996, Korea joined the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an organization consisting of thirty of the world’s most advanced economies. 20 The curve representing growth in South Korea’s GNI per capita is remarkable in several ways. First, it shows graphically that the country’s level of development began a small takeoff in the late 1970s under Park Chung Hee’s program to emphasize the heavy and chemical industries (HCI).
Digital development in Korea: building an information society by Myung Oh, James Larson