Student loyalty to Kim Jong Un at all-time low

Lee Sang Yong  |  2015-10-05 10:14
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Images of Kim Jong Un at a young age utilized in various state-run media for
propaganda purposes. Image: Korean Central Television (KCTV)

In order to consolidate his legitimacy as a descendant of the Mt. Baekdu bloodline and third generation ruler of the Kim Dynasty, the regime is trying to stimulate the publics adoration for Kim Jong Un, but inside sources are reporting that school students do not even consider Kim Jong Un to be a real leader. 

Ever since Kim Jong Un rose to power, North Korean students dramatically reduced their usage of the word loyalty. Because the residents receive zero tangible benefits from the regime, their feeling of loyalty or appreciation is virtually nonexistent, a source in South Pyongan reported to Daily NK on October 2nd. 

This trend was cross-checked with an additional source in North Pyongan Province. 

She added, In years past, residents were a bit more susceptible to feelings of fondness resulting from the deification of North Korean leaders, but that effect has disappeared for the present generation. The students dont blame or resent Kim Jong Un, they simply regard him as a man with high status. They are just not very interested in him. 

Students even display a lukewarm reaction to the way that Kim Jong Un is portrayed in documentary films. 

The students giggle and sneer when they watch propaganda documentaries that brag that, at the tender age of three, Kim Jong Un was able to spell difficult words like Kwangmyeongseong Changa (hopeful paean), she asserted. 

They also say things like: Id rather watch a home movie than this!    

KCNA, North Koreas state news outlet, concentrates on promoting the idea that juche (North Korean ideal meaning virtue through self reliance) is based on the Kim family and therefore the countrys success depends on Kim Jong Un. There are countless efforts to inspire loyalty with attempts like this, but the excessive nature of the propaganda is inadvertently having the opposite effect, according to the source. 

The content of the propaganda material is so unrealistic. Practically no one buys into it these days. In the past, political interactions were secret and mysterious, but these days everyone knows that a bribe is the only thing that makes the authorities do their job. Thats when people began to think that even The Marshal Kim Jong Un is just a regular guy, she explained. 

Thats why residents, and students especially, continue to confidently watch illegal South Korean movies and dramas despite crackdowns by the regime. Small cracks are emerging on the regimes iron tight grip on society and the younger generation is exhibiting significant differences in their mentality.  

*Translated by Jonathan Corrado

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