K-pop Obsession Part 1

Article was first published on Stardom in Korea (My Kpop Blog) 2 years ago (5 September, 2012 @ 20:04:32). I’ve discontinued the blog and imported its content here.

In the previous post, we agreed that social media is greatly beneficial to K-pop industry. In fact, it is one of the key factors for K-pop’s success and globalization. However, how much should we utilize social media to keep our sanity in place?

What is considered healthy especially in the context of K-pop where it is merely entertainment no more?

Despite being a common problem in many Asian as well as Western countries, there has been little concern about obsession. It almost feels like K-pop and obsession comes together as a package. When K-tsunami first swept everyone I know and turned them into crazy K-pop fan girls and boys, I did not like it at all.

K-tsunami is a term I came up with to describe how the Korean wave turned almost everyone it came into contact with, into a fan. You probably think that I’d be the happiest girl in the world to hear Korean songs being played everywhere in Singapore but I wasn’t. In fact, it was a nightmare – imagine hearing Super Junior‘s “Sorry Sorry” or Wonder Girls hits “Nobody” in a fish market!

The great, lovely and friendly fandom I once knew started to disappear as unlimited amount of unreasonable and emotionally unstable young fan girls joined in the party. Stereotype you say but who else would have all the time in the world to engage in various on-line activities but the teenagers? Who is more likely to be familiar with social media networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube? And please do me a favour, list out at least 5 different adjectives that is associated with teenagers. In case you can’t think of any right now for some reason, let this site lend you a helping hand. (My favourites are defensive/insecure, insensitive, unstable, narrow-minded and  know-it-all).

With social media everyone is now able to express their disappointments and critics. Unfortunately, netiquette is not something taught in school. May be if individuals learn to respect others’ perspectives, practice self-censorship and be responsible for the things they say and do in the internet, I wouldn’t have to find myself in the middle of  fan-wars. May be not.


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