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When people talk about “Democracy” I get confused…

30 Mar

Sometimes… People will talk about Democracy, and I will not know if they are coming from the classical notion, or the modern notion. You see…

*This table is from an article on Aristotle and Nation building, from The Royal Military of Canada’s Journal of Conflict Studies.

 

What is called Democracy today is politeia or a polity. However, the term democracy is used, sometimes even in classical works (coz the greeks would have called it politea right? but what if youre reading an english translation?!? So which is it ??? Arg!).

So its annoying… Please people… Say if you mean Demos-kratien (People-power/mob rule of the masses) or the modern Democracy concept (politea).

 

Hallyu

20 Dec
I started this blog wanting to observe different cultures, or share my musings. One of the recent things i find interesting is the Korean wave. It probably could have been any culture, but at that moment and at that time i took a step to look into another world. Dont we all have those moments though? Escape artist tendencies and a desire to live life outside of a mundane reality. A desire for getting outside yourself, your own four walls and yet in the end we are still seeing ourselves reflected in the universal humanity that is cognized.


I know it might be masa (a derogatory Tagalog term referring tomedia appealing to the masses – it can be used in other ways mind you so don’t cite me on that one) to quite a few. And by quite i mean alot of people. And i get it…




In fandom there is a tendency to want to be the idol, or someone who you aren’t -and that path can be very unhealthy. It must be said though that enjoying a culture and admiring beauty is a different story from fixated obsessive fanaticism. There is a myriad of “crazy”fan types, but one extreme has put much criticism on those who are in other parts of the spectrum. Not that there is anything wrong with being a highly organized fan base (re: DBSK, Shinhwa concerts) but there are other levels of being a fan.

I dont take it THAT seriously, but i can get obsessive about having a favorite. Not all fans are on the extreme side of the line. Despite whatever judgments or hecklers may say it doesnt change that fact that for me its fun, i enjoy it. It cheers me up, makes me happy, and it adds a little special to my day. Life can be drab so its not so bad to add some of that brightly colored Asian fashion to it.

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post script: though i added a bit to it the original of this is here: http://thecultureobserver.blogspot.com/2009/12/hallyu.html and I wrote it. So I cant really plagiarize myself.
I know no one really reads these yet but just in case it ever comes up..
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