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The media has pushed many teenagers to admire entertainers. There are now countless young teens preparing and wanting to have a lavish career in the entertainment business. Although it’s great to see talented youth receiving opportunities, there is a great deal of complexity involved behind the glamorous scenes. Should there by some type of system to control this trend? Give
your suggestions in this matter.
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The Center of Media: Idol / Ideul
The pop scene has been busy in 2009 just like any year. Ever since the rise of idol stars in the late 90s, the industry is now lined up with eager young talents full of passion. Just to name a few that made it in the big league, Big Bang, Wonder Girls, Girls’ Generation and 2PM are dominating the charts. Most of you are probably not used to purchasing cassette tapes from the record store. Well, there were times when mp3s and mobile contents were no one was familiar with. Perhaps this drastic change in the music scene is what makes the music business a profitable entity.
When we tune into a music program on T.V., it always features the lively performances of idol groups that dominate the industry. In their early teens, they still have the innocent faces to make Rain and Lee Hyori look like elders. It is extremely refreshing to watch the young performers, talented and happy, doing what they dreamed of.
For many young fans watching their performance on the screen is a form of escape from a typical students’ life that is only allowed to study. Will the average teenage student in Korea dream of a life of an entertainer? I don’t think so, maybe over their parents’ dead bodies. Most of us and pretty much the neighboring countries in Asia know the education zeal of Korean parents. Generally speaking, most parents do not approve their children admiring the stars on T.V. They consider it as a huge disturbance which blocks one’s learning. It’s quite sad for teens with the creativity and talents to actually make it and become successful in the business.
Just as new generation of teenagers are rising, new generation of parents are appearing in society. With different perspectives and expectations some parents are actually sending their children out to explore their creative sides and prepare for the music scene or the entertainment business in general. Critics do point their fingers at the parents of toddlers learning and training to dance or sing. When we look at the case of SM Entertainment’s prodigy Boa, it’s difficult to argue that walking on the path of a musician is a wrong move. Then again, similar to athletes, there should always be something to fall back to, and that is proper education.
Doesn’t the word idol sound familiar to the Korean word, ideul? What should be the limit for children to develop and explore their creativeness? And how should society perceive the flock of young teenagers screaming for hours to cheer and show their love for an idol entertainer? All these are nothing new to our society.
Young stars have always popped up in the music scene and so did adoring pop fans. Recently a member of boy band called it quits with his education in school. He will now invest all his energy to grow in the world of music. Was it a right call? Well, the only answer to that question is yes and no. If it works out, people will praise him for his braveness and determination. If things don’t go as planned, he will be mocked for his foolishness. What’s evidently clear is that idol, or ideul is in the center of media, and is dominantly changing the way we see things. Developing into a nation of talented artists sounds attractive. And sure, selling all those media contents to culture hungry nations is wonderful. A nation full of young stars and adoring fans that will pretty much do anything for them, that doesn’t sound too attractive, does it? Yet, that’s all we have to offer as a culture. There definitely is a problem, right?