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Digital Korea: Convergence of Broadband Internet, 3G Cell Phones, Multiplayer Gaming, Digital TV, Virtual Reality, Electronic Cash, Telematics, Robotics, E-Government and the Intelligent Home Hardcover – June 6, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: futuretext (June 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095560690X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955606908
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,647,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sami Makelainen on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As the insanely long title would imply, Digital Korea basically showcases the Korean status of digital everything. Though covering a remarkably wide range of topics ranging from robots to e-government, most focus revolves around the various incarnations of mobile and Internet. It soon becomes clear - painfully clear - that on most fronts, the term "information society" is nothing but a word for example in Finland. In Korea it's a reality today; or, well, yesterday since books on such quickly developing topics tend to be old information by the time they're out of the press.

The book is bubbling with various statistics, both generally about the digital state of the world and specifically about Korea. Some are very interesting in the way they highlight the vast difference between the developmental stages of Korea versus other countries - like the fact that 98.5% of the handsets in Korea were mobile Internet-enabled already in 2005. Some other statistics are borderline obscure but insightful in other ways; for example the fact that according to BDDO, 60% of cellphone users globally take their phone to bed with them - physically to bed, not just on the nightstand!

In addition to the statistics bits, there are lots of other gems in terms of services covered, use cases and anecdotes of life in Korea. The most dominant online services like Cyworld are given quite a bit of coverage and each chapter winds up with a case study. Some of the gems of information to take home are not technological either, like the cellphone code of conduct from KTF.

As insightful, fascinating and good reading as Digital Korea is - and it is all that - there are some problems with the book ranging from minor to major.
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This books contains some interesting facts on the level of technology penetration in South Korea and on the ways technology is used in everyday life. The premise is that South Koreans use technology in a way that is several years ahead of other countries and that technological devices are much more integrated into daily life. The facts are presented one after the other and many ideas are repeated, with no analysis.

The English grammar, sentence structure, and editing are atrocious, so it is an annoying read. It does not contain technical details about how these digital devices are integrated. This book may be a helpful resource if you are trying to get a feel for S. Korean culture. However, without analysis or narrative structure, it left me feeling I had more knowledge but not much more understanding than before I read it.

This book misses the opportunity to answer "so what" about S. Koreans' relationship with technology and what it does (and doesn't) mean for the digital future in other countries.
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If you want to know what services and trends are likely to be adopted by western mobile users in the next 5 years and why then read this book. From Government policy to digital youth to professional gamers, all aspects of the digital revolution are covered and dissected. It's not just a book of detailed stats and case studies but a guide to the how & why of convergence across all aspects of services and industry in South Korea and why it's working. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in shaping digital futures and trends in the mobile and media sectors.
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While the monoculture of South Korea is much different to Western cultures, they are at the epicenter of the convergence of the Internet, Telecommunications and Broadcast TV. Not everything that works within the South Korean culture will necessarily translate but publishers around the world ignore the rapid developments in this country at their peril. To get a some excellent insights into the digital culture of South Korea read Digital Korea and use it to carefully and intelligently to apply appropriate developments around digital convergence in S. Korea to your media properties.
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Anyone who has been to Korea recently can attest to the digital integration of the society. For everybody else - this book is a must-read, you can get a sense of how the information society and digital information are so intertwined in Korea. Tomi and Jim do a good job of bringing out the unique perspectives through case studies and stats.
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