- 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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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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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.Read more ›
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.