The only things I cared about this year:
I had no intention of writing another one of these until they came back, but someone asked about it on Formspring, and one thing led to another and…here I am.
This is going to be less on performance observations and more on personality ones, for self-explanatory reasons (*coughMamaDIAFcough*).
Just in time for the 100 day tomorrow! I cannot believe it’s only been 100 days since their debut. Longest debut-in-progress-and-aftermath ever.
So these will be round-up posts of random thoughts on Exo. They’re the only thing I’m following this religiously in K-pop since Shinee’s debut, might as well document it properly. (Looking back on it, I wish I kept a better thoughtbox of sorts on Shinee.)
Gonna try to refrain myself to one of these a month (￣^￣)ゞ
1) Let me be verbose, lest my brain explode.
2) Let me use the amazing photographs fans have taken at events, lest my Tumblr explode.
This post is a long time coming, and probably has been in the making since Super Junior first started promoting in China.
Hallyuism at this stage in the game is all about the money. Korea is a place where trends catch on in a millisecond, and people have caught onto the fact that K-pop can make money, and a lot of money at that. So I get it: it’s a cultural product worthy of pride, and it’s an important national export.
The thing that drives me nuts is the extent to which the people exporting their pop and their business in pop have so little consideration for the cultures and countries that they want to export to. I’m not going to call the kettle black, because I understand that I, as an American, come from a country that is notorious for disregarding the cultures and sensibilities of other countries when it comes to forcing our media and culture onto others.
But I obviously have a horse in this particular race, which is why I feel the need to call K-pop out on this. I work and deal with K-pop, and as a non-Korean observer of K-pop, seeing things happen in K-pop that affect me on some level trigger certain reflexes and emotions. At a moment when K-pop is being so highly self-lauded and whose output is being so aggressively marketed outside of Korea, it disgusts me that it will on the one hand pay so much lip service to the markets and countries it’s trying to pursue, and then on the other hand exploit the shit out of it while maintaining fake deference.
And this rant will be primarily about inklings of things I hated when I watched Super Junior M promote, and now stirring me once again with Exo.