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Internet, Korean Youth and Temporary Autonomous Zone�
This paper outlines the historical trajectory of the Internet development in relation with the nation-state, information industries, and the online citizenship in Korea. This paper argues that the Korean citizens’ eagerness to plug into modernity and become forerunner in the world has boosted the quick boom of information capitalism accentuated with nationalistic pride. Besides that, the main focus of this paper aims to map the ways in which different groups of Korean youth are engaged in various forms of online networking and invent subjectivities in an age of information society since 80s until now. It should be noticed that the popularity of information technologies has cultivated the marginalized Korean youth to empower themselves and construct “temporary autonomous zone” to resist the Korean authority and patriarchy through online gathering and activities. For example, in recent years the self-labeled “pay-in” (the unemployed Korean youth) rediscover their worth and energy as long as they stay online either in Internet café or at home. Although Korean cyberspace has been gradually commercialized and lost in consumer society, it is hoped that Korean young netizens could insist on getting out of the domination of capitalist hegemony and taking off on their own tracks through reclaiming the power of information exchange for free, freedom, creativity and political agenda.
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