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The Gangnam Style phenomenon has been an astonishment to anyone involved in culture in Asia, The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos tells Fareed Zakaria in a GPS web extra.
“This is not a video that anyone expected to be a success. It didn’t come out of the main cultural industry in Korea. This thing came out of nowhere and it’s a phenomenon. The question is, why? And the answer actually tells you a lot about China today,” Osnos says.
“The reason it has been so successful is that it laughs at itself – it has a great sense of humor and it’s making fun of the enormous pop industry in Korea, which is big business, it’s very successful around the world. In China today, the problem ultimately, culturally, for people that are involved in the arts – whether it’s music or filmmaking – is that if you do anything that is truly radical that is making people uncomfortable, then there are so many points when the system will intervene.”
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That's a stupid question. Why no one else can do Gangnam Style, and I don't mean copying. The fact is there is only one original Gangnam. The same question can be asked why China or anyone else can't do Michael Jackson. Does Zakaria think his home country India can do Gangnam Style?
Is this a april fool's discussion or is Fareed really judging China's culture with one song.
...FAREED YOU MUST NOT FORGET THE CULTURE OF CHINA IS LONG DEAD! MAO ZEDONG KILLED IT!
Just read Fareed's bio. Hes Indian. That explains this trash. lol
And he still used his bare cultural hand to clean his azz before he wrote this piece of bullzhit.
I have been reading a lot of article written by this author. He makes a lot of money pay by the TIME or US subsides fund to talk rubbish or find some kind of theory to show the world how awkward the Chinese society and culture is today.
You cares about Gangnam Style. Omg CNN you guys are getting desperate for headlines. Gangnam Style SUCKS!
Who knew that Gangnam Style was something "truly radical" that made people "uncomfortable"? Surely that explains its success as a viral video. Fareed comes up with a new line of skit every day...well, at least the days he isn't plagiarizing.
I did not know that Gangnam Style is a testing stone for democracy. Thank you, Fareed, for the profound observation!
who cares !?!?!?!
Gangnam Style??? is anyone supposed to know what this means??
I am not going to get into the argument of who has "culture" and who doesn't. Who cares?? I prefer human rights over any "culture" any day.
i support u bro... human rights is essential and vital. ithe rights and sovereignty or the God given rightst and he culture itself is packaged . speaking of culture whether china, america etc. every country does have..
Come on guys. Gangnam Style did not happen
in South Korea either when that country was at a similar stage
of development as China.
I watched this expecting some puff piece, but the guy has some valid and well said points. Not sure I 100% agree with absolutely everything he says, but it's well done.
Why doesn't India has Gangnam style? Are people so anti-Chinese now that they come to these site to feel better? This is journalism. What is India excuse?
Maybe all they have is caste system which can't not be too influential in the world.
Do Indian eat with the same hand they wipe their ass? Fareed just lost my respect for this totally idiotic discussion.
You have to realize that an Indian dickk head like him has to write bullzhit to make a living and at the same time badmouth China. He certainly will not be writing anything about how Indians wipe their azz with bare hand or zhit out in the open. I certainly would not shake hands with an Indian. I just don't want to shake the wrong hand.
Wellcome China :)
Nobody cares about Gangnam style. I'll tell you something Korea can't do: protect itself with its own military.
Opan Gangnam Style! XD
Any one here Find this ironic?
I do because I watch Hetalia.
China is upset and that is why he can't.
oh also 2008 olympic opening is pretty good too.
2012 London Olympics is much better man. cant understand chinese. English i prefer...
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