Down and Out in the Hermit Kingdom

Despite the fact that North Korea has some of the strictest rules in the world on visitation and journalism, Shane Smith of Vice Magazine was able to visit and secretly record video. Youtube has a series of short clips of his travels. Part 3 is below. Set aside an hour and watch all 14 videos. They can be found below the fold.

Though there's much in the video that's shocking, somehow the part that stands out to me is when Shane Smith began to sing karaoke and his tour guides looked at him as if he were crazy because they had no idea music like that existed.

How many people in North Korea have never heard rock 'n roll? How many are convinced that their state of affairs is normal--no, better than the rest of the world?

How many starve?

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Part 2

Part 3

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Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

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