English teachers are not Korea's only whipping boys and girls. At other times, the Korean media scapegoats lawyers, lawmakers, chaebol owners, private academies, the political left, the political right, the politicized church, the rich and arrogant, the poor and angry, Japan, and everything associated with Japan, and America, and everything associated with America, have all been tapped as the source of what ails Korea, too. We English teachers actually get a pretty small slice of the blame-shifting pie, in the grand scheme of things.Excellent point! I wish I'd written that myself. Oh, wait. I did:
I don’t want people to mistake what I’m about to say as saying this kind of thing is okay, but the fact is that the Korean media has lots of whipping boys, depending on which media outlet and which agenda is being promoted. There’s the rich, the government, corporations, wild twenty-something libertines, wild married swingers, arrogant overseas Koreans, ugly Koreans abroad, parents who have hagwon employees raise their children, errant teachers, etc., etc.Plus:
These folks, and E2 English teachers as a group, are only one of many stars in the Korean media muckraker’s constellation.
In fact, the agenda-driven elements of the Korean media have a herd of scapegoats it regularly brings out for slaughter, including the groups I mentioned above. This type of reporting is only a few pixels of a big picture that represents a much wider problem.And you thought only Koreans plagiarized.
I apparently have insulted Roboseyo, who says he doesn't buy "winky winky" as a license to do this bit of ribbing:
oh and one more thing: winky or no winky, it's still insulting; there are a dozen politer ways to have drawn attention to this.In fact, my primary purpose was to highlight this point that I had made on a different blog, and with which Roboseyo seemed to agree, as part of an effort I've been making lately to migrate points I made elsewhere over to here. Seriously, sorry for any offense, Roboseyo, as I really didn't mean any; I thought the title of the post would sufficiently show the point of the post.