a short familiar trip it's been
Not surprisingly, Western views of North Korea tend to remark the sense of constraint, a mannered sense of disproportion in its self-made images and modes:
His [Philippe Chancel] portrait of the capital city Pyongyang offers no evidence of individuality, nor of business or a local social life. Instead, you see a city outfitted in images glorifying the reign of Kim Il Sung -- the "Great Leader" who is designated in the country's constitution as the country's "Eternal President" despite his death in 1994 -- and his son, the "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il. The propaganda requires no satire -- the leaders, with their shining white teeth and frozen smiles, look more suited for a toothpaste ad than national leadership. Spiegel Online
Harder to see is that the front page of any USian paper exhibits precisely the same effects of disproportion.
When one has been there iteratedly,
it's less of a trip.
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