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May 9, 2012

Idol? Culture? Ask us!

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 12:12 am

* Class # 59
Members: 김재승, 노영진, 김도현, 정원창
Group#: 6

Our presentation is about Idol culture in Korea. By the way, what does “Idol” mean? Here the word “Idol” is for someone who is young enough and popular. For example, in Korea, many people call ‘Girl’s generation’ an idol group. However, they don’t call ‘Brown eyed girls’ an idol because they are not that young. Well, because of the popularity of “Idol”, Idol culture is hot topic of conversation these days. Now, here’s our presentation’s contents(Just read and show contents to audience).
The first thing we will show you is about why the Idol culture increased in popularity. There are three reasons for this.
First, by the popularity of Internet, it is easy and fast to share information with others.

Second, because of the development of digital products like Smart phone, we can see Idol almost everywhere, in the subway, car and park.

Third, under the systematic training programs, the number of Idols with skills and charm is increasing.

Next one is the history of Idol culture.
The concept of Idol in Korea has begun from Seo Taiji and Boys, Sechs Kies, H.O.T, G.O.D and Shinhwa etc. From Seo Taiji and Boys to now, many of Idol Groups were formed.
Today, Idol group in Korea is generally made up in 1, 2, 3 and 4 generation and many of 4 generation Idol groups like Miss A, Rainbow, A-pink, B2ST are working on.

There are lots of effects of Idol culture. But at this time, I give you just two. One is called ‘fandom culture’.
The word ‘fandom’ means the group in which people like particular person or field. In easy word, it is like a fan club. Think about the purpose of a fan club. Then you will get it is a kind of ‘fandom’. Futhermore, Idols became icon of teens.
Teenagers imitate Idols’ fashion style, what they do and others. This is called ‘meme’. Meme is the phenomenon that people imitate someone who is their icon.
Now, the last one is about the future of Idol culture.

It is thought that in the future, “Idol culture” will advance into many more regions through the use of mass media such as the Internet, and we can expect that Idol culture will make numerous development such as improving awareness of Korea with ‘Korean wave’.


Discussion questions:
a. Who’s your favorite Idol group? Why do you like them?
b. Do you think that Idol culture can stay forever?
c. Do you search Idols on the Internet? Do you watch their
concert with Smart phone?

A. generation
1.all the people of about the same age within a society or within a particular family.
2.a period of about 23 to 30 years, in which most human babies become adults and have their own children.

B. audience
1.the group of people together in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc.
2.the(number of) people watching or listening to a particular television or radio programme, or reading a particular book.

C. meme
An idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, esp by imitation.

D. systematic
Using a fixed and organized plan.

E. phenomenon
Something that exists and can be seen, felt, tasted, etc., especially something which is unusual or interesting.

F. fandom
A term used to refer to a subculture composed of fans characterized by a feeling of sympathy and camaraderie with others who share a common interest.


Teacher’s Note:

The word “idol,” as it’s used in Korea (“Konglish”) refers to young members of boy bands or girl groups or, occasionally, solo artists.

I’ve chosen these vocabulary items for Written Test #2:

generation: (noun) all the people of about the same age within a society or within a particular family

meme: (noun) an idea or element of social behaviour passed on through generations in a culture, especially by imitation.

systematic: (adjective) using a fixed and organized plan

I’ve chosen this discussion question for the Final Speaking Test:

Who’s your favorite boy band or girl group? Why do you like them?


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