15 July 2010

North Korean Anti-Bicycle Campaign

Copenhagenize has recieved a leaked public service film from behind the fortified borders of North Korea that provides insight into the classic manipulative nature of a well-oiled propaganda machine.

Above is a classic Communist propaganda film from North Korea showing the typical use of children in emotional propaganda praising the State and The Great Leader, yada yada. Using children is a classic - and quite regrettable - tactic in such countries. The Soviets were also well versed in using children to promote their ideology, as were most Communist states.

Here is the leaked video that Copenhagenize recieved. It hails from the northern province of Northern Yoo Lan, far from the capital. An agricultural area with an adbundance of tractors and a tradition for using vehicles more than in the populated cities.

Their dialect is difficult to interpret but we've learned that the propaganda film is the intiative of the People's Committee for Glorious Promotion of Farm Vehicles and Safety, started by the Communal Fathers Committee of the capital of Northern Yoo Lan, Aal Bor.

The Communal Fathers view the bicycle as a threat to the glorious progress of their vehicle culture and are trying to restrict the usage of the machine through this constructed fear campaign. Encouraging people to instead stimulate the struggling economy by using vehicles to get around. To get to their communal workplaces or even to transport themselves to their People's Center for Glorious Secular Societal Togetherness - Yoosk Seng Atoys Laya, as it is called in their dialect.

Using children to promote ideology is something that we here in the West find somewhat disgusting. Children as weapons in a self-serving emotional propaganda campaign should not be tolerated and Copenhagenize hopes that an offical letter of complaint is sent to the Communal Fathers Committee. As per usual with such propaganda, there is very little science involved. That would just clutter up the Glorious Message with common sense and rationality. Two societal qualities not tolerated in such societies.

Here is a previous propaganda film from the Communal Fathers of Aal Bor, in Norther Yoo Lan. Like most of their campaigns, they have the blessing of the National Bureau for Traffic Manipulation and Fearspeak - Fa Ken Wang Kaas and the People's Committee for Elderly Persons in Wooly Socks and Sandals, Soo Kal Yelm.

Despite the secretive nature of North Korea, the Communal Fathers have, through third party contacts, negotiated a rare trade agreement with a Western company in the interest of further developing their Glorious Farm Vehicle & Safety Five Year Plan. According to observers, the People's Commune of Aal Bor will send all the now unused bicycles to Great Britian. In exchange for a massive shipment of these Safety Devices to be placed on the heads of the children of Aal Bor at all times. Adorned with the appropriate slogans and graphics that accompany such projects.

A shocking and frightening peek into the inner workings of North Korean society. Thank Odin I live in a region with strong Social-Democratic traditions and a cultural history involving rational thought.


Michael S said...

May be the "Communal Fathers Committee of the capital of Northern Yoo Lan, Aal Bor" have to fulfill a demand from the UNSC (United Nation for the Safety of Cycling)?

I'm afraid all citizens of Aal Bor will sooner or later have to wear a bicycle helmet all day long. According to a personal experience from one of the witnesses in the spot, he fell down some stairs. He hurt his head because he did not wear a bicycle helmet!

I was lucky to cycle in Yaa Lan 25 years ago as a tourist all the way north ahem... southeast from Germany without noticing this pressure on average people - peaceful times...


Green Idea Factory said...

Indeed, various government authorities and cycling groups seem to now be completely in "Helmet Promotion 2.0" mode, using themes such as peer pressure, emotional manipulation as well as a lack of science and so on.

Version 1.0 was primarily about pushing for new laws based on the interpretation of selected data.

The main tools/techniques of 2.0 are visuals and sometimes visits by cartoon characters (e.g. at Velo-City Global). Even automobile producers are getting involved.

In a comment made on 14 July in the Bakfiets-n-Meer Blog, I refer to all of that as promotion of "self-behavioural censorship".

Even though I will never bring up the issue helmets in a convo unless prompted, I still think it is good to have a prepared response. My favourite example especially for North Americans comes from the group C.I.C.L.E., in Los Angeles.

Green Idea Factory said...

One more thing: The ageist comment about the DCF is not cool at all.

Drew said...

It's funny how in America, social-democrat is a dirty word...

I think that explains a lot of America's problems.

Anonymous said...

"these Safety Devices to be placed on the heads of the children of Aal Bor at all times"

This is clearly not the future of mankind. Even in Star Trek they do not use seat belts :).