On AI-assisted Writing

[Note: This is a guideline I wrote at the start of the recent semester, for the classes I teach. I’m sure there will be other people who want some concrete ideas on how to cope with tools like that (beyond open mantras such as “use it as a tool, wisely”), so here’s a start.]

In-house guideline: AI-assisted Writing (e.g. ChatGPT)

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Clean Slate

Thinking about doing something with this media space. After all that’s said and done, ebbed and flowed in the digital media environment, the foundational constant is not the platform service; it is still the personal publishing space that can be connected to the outside world via protocols. I always used the analogy of the constantly controlled dorm room, versus a single home with a postal address.

As such, this is where I will return. A site where I have full control of my contents, my interface, my design choices, my connection to the larger media landscape. Where I will ruminate and err about the media, its social uses and everything else.

Under Construction

This portion of my site is currently not being actively managed. However, I keep it open for as long as possible because I’m strongly opposed to closing webpages down and causing a lot of dead-ends all over the web.

The Stem Cell Fraud: Patriotic Passion and ‘Sublime’ Science

The (in)famous stem cell fraud in Korea. Strange as it may sound, many Koreans are still kind of obsessed with it… It is needless to say that the role journalism played in this whole mess was crucial. Without them, the whole fraud would have been just another scientific fraud like all others, and not some mass hysteria of blind nationalism as it has become. I’ve been writing a lot of posts ever since the first suspection arose last November, and was very critical on the utterly Hwang-friendly Korean journalism field that prohibited the search for journalistic truth itself. It was like living in late medieval ages of religous fanatics who simply wouldn’t tolerate any doubts.

Last week, the Institute for Communication Research at the Seoul National University held a international seminar on this subject, titled “Trust and Ethics in the Investigative TV Journalism” (click for PDF). I participated in the study Patriotic Passion and ‘Sublime’ Science: Un-searching for Journalistic Truth by prof Myungkoo Kang. My contribution was the parts on the journalistic practices, and built the analytical model for the “discursive rupture” part. Before I continue to work it into a full paper and send it to journals, here is the conference presentaiton.

Click here for the presentation file.

– Copylefted 2005 by the authors.-

Introducing ‘Manhwa’: The World of Korean Comics

(The following text was written as the intorduction in the sampler catalogue on Manhwa that was?distributed at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2003 (and in following SanDiego ComiCon as well). It was the initial year when the Korean Ministry of Culture?started promoting Manhwa to the Western world. For the sampler I selected the comics, wrote notes. For the event itself, I planned and wrote the script to the presentation show. Anyway, here it is…)

Introducing ‘Manhwa’: The World of Korean Comics

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Manhwa today

Contemporary Young Korean Comics

by Kim NakHo

Young Comics

Comics are forms of expression filled with diversity and youthful energy. Since the beginning, comics broke away from the rigidity of the standard art to freely express its messages and become an integral part of the popular culture.
If freedom to overcome the existing limits is indeed one of its virtues, such freedom is bound to be most ardently embodied by the young artists. The younger generation tries to communicate their diverse inner sensitivity and thoughts by using this effective new method rather than being confined to the old frame. In particular, young artists in Korea hold the added responsibility to create greater comics and thus overcome the trap of being tied to the mainstream genre that could easily become standardized under the industrial interests of capitalism. In addition to creating a new awareness and narrative style within the frameworks of the traditional comics style, their weapons are new visual styles, new comics grammar, up-to-date sensibility and message as well as the capacity to exterminate the borderline between various forms of media. With these progresses being made, it would be ideal to expand the world of comics by joining hands with many other youthful progresses around the world.

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A Short History of Manhwa

The Life of Korean Comics

by Park InHa (Eng. translation: Kim Nakho)

To talk about Korean comics several things should be taken into account: their artists, the times they lived in, the lives of people of the times – in short, the life of Korean comics itself. Throughout the last century, Korea underwent a succession of turbulent events: Japanese Colonialism, Liberation, US Military Occupation, the Korean War, uprisings for democracy, military dictatorship, democratization movements in 80s and movement for democracy in 1987. Amid such turbulences, Korean comics provided consolation to the tired people, offering a respite for the jobless and providing new epic fantasies to women. Like a life form undergoing the process of evolution, Korean comics continued to evolve.

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Manhwa & Cultural Exchange

The Fascination of Korean comics and Cross-Cultural Exchange

by Kim NakHo

Cultural Regionalities of Comics

In every society comics has been developing so closely in accordance with the public, making it literally the most ‘popular’ medium and art form. As comics are under strong influence of each society and its culture, they can be subdivided into several cultural regions, just like any other art form. Taking artistic trends and industrial formats of mainstream comics into account, some of the major regions are European, North American and Asian comics. It is a interesting fact that each major cultural region has a history quite independent from one another; Each one has not only its unique form of distribution or industrial format but also different themes, contents, forms of expression, readership and creative environment.

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