Digital Korea

August 29, 2007

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I will not get paid for that:
Found today this new release from Tomi Ahonen, co-authored by Jim O´Reilly about Digital Korea.
I wrote a few weeks before about Korea.
Korea is definetely the country we have to monitor, when we try to look in the future of media. The Book seems very useful.
Here a synopsis:

Tomi Ahonen’s latest book, Digital Korea, which he co-authored with Jim O’Reilly is now available to pre order.
Tomi’s much-awaited next book is a study of the most advanced country for digital convergence, South Korea. Working with Jim O’Reilly who is the European technology specialist and envoy for the Korean Government, Tomi’s fifth book sounds almost like science fiction but discusses the solid reality of life in South Korea today.
The book discusses a country where every household internet connection has already been upgraded to broadband; where 100 mbit/s speeds are already sold and gigabit speeds already coming; where every phone sold is a cameraphone; where three out of every four mobile subscriptions is a 3G connection; where cars and PCs and mobile phones now ship with in-built digital TVs; where 42% of the population maintain a blogsite and four out of ten have created an avatar of themselves; where over half of the population pay with cellphones and 25% of the total South Korean population have participated inside a multiplayer online game, in fact inside the same multiplayer online game.
The stories from South Korea are each more amazing than the last. 50,000 citizen journalists write the national Ohmy News newspaper. While Second Life fascinates western media for its 2 million users, South Korean Cyworld has 20 million users. While we tend to view the 8 million active users of the World of Warcraft as a milestone in massively multiplayer online games, South Korean Lineage already has 14 million active gamers.

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