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May 26, 2010

Nonsense Dramas

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 2:25 am

– Glossary –
1. Neglect – [VERB] If you neglect someone or something, you fail to look after them properly.
2. Criticize – [VERB] If you criticize someone or something, you express your disapproval of them by saying what you think is wrong with them.
3. Vicarious – [ADJ] A vicarious pleasure or feeling is experienced by watching, listening to, or reading about other people doing something, rather than by doing it yourself.

These days nonsense dramas are hot issue. Nonsense drama is defined as “dramas with shocking stories.” These dramas have too much fiction, immorality, and violence.
Nonsense dramas have been broadcasted so much on Korean televisions, neglecting their bad influence over under aged minors. Among the kinds, there are two which their popularity and ratings far exceeded others. “Boys than flower”, mainly focusing its story line on school life of rich and popular, had been criticized by people for its unreal conditions and violence[1].

Main viewers of the drama is known as young girls in their teens, whom wanting to get vicarious satisfaction through watching love parade between “Kum jan di” and “Goo jun pyo.” Kum jan di is a poor high school girl who gets into a private school for rich children by luck and Goo jun pyo is son of a rich family who falls in love with Jan-di. Story line doesn’t seem far off from all time favorite fairy tale “Cinderella.” However, the drama is containing violent scenes, Kum jan di almost getting raped at the school’s swimming pool and getting bullied by other school members for instance. Considering the age of viewers, such scenes should’ve been rethought before the broadcast.
Another nonsense drama in dispute is “Temptation of wife.” Story of abandoned wife wanting to get revenge on her ex-husband is considered as the most blind ended drama yet. It is full of swearing and slapping. It’s main story line itself is a taboo in Korean society, where Confucianism is thought to be very important[2]. Even with it’s immorality and violence, it’s ratings exceeded 30%[3].

Such dramas lure the viewers quickly and easily. For television drama, which it’s rating is directly connected with earning, such story line could be helpful. However considering the viewers and it’s showing time (ranging from 8p.m to 11p.m), influences that these dramas can have over people should be reconsidered. Some worry that “Boys than Flower” might increase the in school violence, which is already a big issue in Korean society. They also claim that “Temptation of wife” could have effect on divorce rate. Whatever the effect is, these dramas should be reconsidered from major broadcasting channels, for the possibility of unprotected young viewers. [4]

– References –

[1] http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=106&oid=003&aid=0002514528
[2] http://www.asiae.co.kr/news/view.htm?idxno=2009022501313881716&nvr=y
[3] http://www.mydaily.co.kr/news/read.html?newsid=200908211322321110&ext=na
[4] http://www.daejonilbo.com/news/newsitem.asp?pk_no=840236

– Discussion Questions –

1. Why do you think nonsense dramas are popular among people even with their bad social influences?
2. Do you think there will still be nonsense dramas in the future? Why do you think so?
3. Why do you think people write and produce nonsense dramas?

Class # 171

Group 2. 이기쁨, 박소희, 강다은, 김남호

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