The Disneyfication of North Korea
By JOHN FEFFER - August 02, 2012
When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently watched a concert that included Disney figures like Mickey Mouse, it was big news. Foreign analysts rushed to the conclusion that the young leader was presiding over a shift in Pyongyang’s attitudes about the West. After all, Mickey Mouse is a symbol of American imperialism and Western penetration almost as potent as McDonald’s...But the worlds of Walt Disney and Kim Il Sung are actually not that far apart.