A question about government and their role in industry on Asian Junkie? You better believe it.
Do you think that the entertain industry should be self-regulating or is it necessary that it be government-regulated?
Generally speaking, I’m a believer in letting private entities be, whether it’s companies or people. I’m a believer in independence, basically. That said, you lose that privilege as a corporation once you start using the government to prop yourself up, and that’s exactly what K-pop has done. Thus, I don’t have a problem with the government regulating the industry.
Once K-pop became a brand, not just for companies and artists, but for the Korean government itself, and once said companies and artists started to partner with the government, they basically forfeited all claim to say, “Hey, we can do whatever we want. The government needs to butt out.”
Furthermore, the government has a duty to protect children, and since the K-pop industry does involve a lot of children, I’m fine with intervention on the grounds of child labor and/or child abuse, regardless of corporate involvement with the government.
If there is government regulation, to what extent do you think the policies should interfere in the industry?
Before the companies formed a cartel, I think I would have had more sympathy for their autonomy. Now? Meh. They’ve opened themselves up to critique by basically agreeing to become the culture/tourism branch of the Korean government. As such, I don’t care what intervention comes because they welcomed it.
Of course, that’s not to say I will agree with whatever they do. Most of the politicians making laws are going to be old men, and a lot of what they’re focusing on so far is so asinine and/or sexist that I don’t even know why they are bothering.
Personally, the ideal would involve them making laws to protect the artists. Preventing sexual abuse, suicide, and looking into collusion/corruption would be the primary issues on my agenda.
Unfortunately, they’ve somehow deemed reviewing music videos for raunchiness and making sure no midriffs are shown by women as the things they needed to tackle first. Because hey, fuck all the suicide and abuse shit, we have to make sure other countries don’t think our women are whores!
Priorities, man, priorities.
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