October 18, 2016 13:07
North Korean propaganda leaflets aimed at fomenting dissent in the South have become a source of rich amusement here, not least because they are so shoddily produced.
After South Korea resumed propaganda broadcasts along the border following North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January, the North has responded with its own barely audible broadcasts and flown up to 10 million propaganda leaflets to the South.
Last week, thousands of them were discovered in western Seoul and immediately went viral. Social media teemed with derisive comments by South Koreans.
One blogger said, "I saw my first leaflet in 1996 and they haven't changed a bit. The fonts and images are simply horrid, and the propaganda techniques are so childish."
A number of North Korean propaganda packages came with the ill-advised addition of compact discs, a future technology that has fallen by the wayside alongside North Korea's notorious vinalon fiber.
South Korean propaganda materials are better funded and often come with dollar bills and snacks.
According to North Korea watchers,US$1 is traded for 8,000 North Korean won, which is enough to buy more than 600 g of pork.
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