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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Moment to Reflect on North Korea's Website

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Dec 19, 2011 at 10:44 AM

Last January, I became moderately obsessed with North Korea, thanks to this book, this graphic novel, and these photos. North Korea is both terrible and completely bizarre—in this day of hyper-connectedness, it's hard to wrap my head around the idea that a country actually exists where millions of people have no light, not to mention no internet, phones, or non-programmed radios and TVs.

Illustrating North Korea's strangeness is its official website, which is down today, the day that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il has also ceased to exist.

Good thing I took a screenshot of the website a year ago!

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(UPDATE 4:30pm! Looks like the website is up again!)

Though it's North Korea's official website, it's a very simple page with early-90s cyberspace graphics. It links to a CafePress shop, which is still up and where you can buy such items as an official North Korea baseball tee:

Strange.
  • Strange.

The website, it turns out, was developed by a random Spanish citizen who is a fan of North Korea. He built the website with $150 and was awarded multiple audiences with the now-deceased dictator himself. Of course, the North Korean website is not actually accessible in North Korea, where the internet is run on a self-contained network.

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