S2E4: Escaping the North Korean Bubble

Kim Han-mi watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang in this photo taken by Kyodo
Kim Han-mi, aged 2, watches her mother being dragged by Chinese policemen when her family attempted to enter into the Japanese Consulate in order to seek asylum in Shenyang, China, in this photo taken by Kyodo May, 8, 2002. With no choice but to defect to South Korea, the Han-mi family including her uncle and grandmother dashed into the Japanese consulate gate in Shenyang, China in May 2002. The scene where two year-old Ham-mi looked on in agony as her mother was being wrestled to the ground by the Chinese police was broadcast around the world and her photograph was transmitted worldwide.  REUTERS/Kyodo

Until now, when we’ve talked about bubbles we’ve assumed that it was each individual’s choices or actions that kept them in an echo chamber. This week, we flip the script and take a look at the one of the world’s most tightly sealed bubbles–North Korea.

What pushes people to escape from this bubble and is there more than one way to break out? We talked to NK expert and Executive Director of Crossing Borders NK, Dan Chung.

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Learn more about Dan and Crossing Borders on their website: https://www.crossingbordersnk.org/

Ep 15: The Art of Politics

Welcome to our third installation of the BTB Case Study series where we tackle topics and try to “walk the walk” of discourse, break through our comfort zones, and learn about new perspectives and subject matters from experts and spokespeople.

This week, we surveyed the vast expanse of the internet (okay, not really) to do a case study on how political messages get spread in non-conventional ways. In light of the increasingly viral nature of campaigns, grassroots organizations, and even popular media, our examples this week might make you rethink how you draw boundaries between art and politics.

Listen to episode 15 here:

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Below are links to the examples highlighted in this week’s episode: 

Satire Videos:

Netherlands Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELD2AwFN9Nc

Sweden Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPGk0GQQR8Y

Switzerland Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reuJ8yVCgSM

France Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlcAq-5fBH0

Germany Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcH9eWBs9fw

Politicians

France FM Twitter on Climate Change: https://twitter.com/francediplo_EN/status/870699642509512704

Obama Buzzfeed video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kn7Z7bvLhng

Obama Slow Jam the News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziwYbVx_-qg

Russian Embassy Tweet: https://twitter.com/RussianEmbassy/status/814564127230271489

Performance art:

Pussy Riot “I Can’t Breathe”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXctA2BqF9A

Pussy Riot “Chaika”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VakUHHUSdf8

Mashrou Leila “Lil Watan”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qn3EFPOuEGM 

Lyrics translation: http://blogs.transparent.com/arabic/sing-with-mashrou-leila-lil-watan/

 

And this week’s Happiness Initiative is Reddit’s “Place”: http://sudoscript.com/reddit-place/ 

Ep 7: Grey Swans

So far in our podcast, we’ve been encouraging people to break out of their bubble through discourse, good questions, and a careful awareness of bias in media and how we consume news. But we’d be remiss to not point out the obvious bias we often see in ourselves when we’re seeking out information.

This week, we tackle the idea of “confirmation bias” at all its levels– in how we ask questions and sometimes skew the responses we get, in how we think about what is “given” and what we can question, and even how searching for positivity can result in being happier.

Listen to “Grey Swans” (and how we adapted Nassim Taleb’s concept of Black Swans for our title)  :

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And here are links for some of the things we mentioned:

And as always, let us know if you have feedback, comments or questions by posting here, on our Facebook page or at breakingthebubblepodcast@gmail.com.

Ep 6: Posting and Low-Blows and Trolls, Oh My!

We see them more and more these days. And not just because people are posting more often, but because their reach is getting amplified with social media shares and “viral” statuses. These cathartic, explanatory, uplifting, or sometimes ranting social media posts are making their rounds on newsfeeds around the world.

This week, we take a look at some statuses we’ve seen in our feeds to better understand what pushes someone to share personal details or stories on a platform that is very public.

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In the process, we found that posting things to social media sometimes reinforces your echo chamber, but it can also break through to bipartisan discussion or invite the ever-feared “Internet Trolls” (dun dun dunnnnn).

Listen to this week’s episode on “Posting and Low-Blows and Trolls, Oh My!” :

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