Unfortunately, by the time I read this at the Joongang Ilbo site, they had dropped from the #1 Google search to #3, as you can see below. Which is still pretty damn respectable.
our buddy Bi?
Now, if you're a regular at any K-blog, the obvious thought in your mind (even if you aren't the one who put the notion there) is that this is 1000만 Korean netizens at 1000만 keyboards trying to either write Shakespeare or get Korean artists, actors, performers at the top of every list imaginable.
You know how scientists used to tie a bunch of regular computers together in serial and together they had the combined power of a supercomputer? Well, that's the model on which Korean netizenry is based. If one netizen tells his friends to google the Wonder Girls and they tell all their friends to google the Wonder Girls and so on, and so on, and so on... You get the picture.
And why not? They are so adorable.
And maybe, just maybe, Ma and Pa America also thought they were so adorable (and so did Ma and Pa Canada living within a hundred clicks of the 49th parallel) that they just had to look them up.
Maybe, just maybe, the rise of the Wonder Girls (or Rain, for that matter), isn't a Korean new media-generated pipe dream after all.
Several hours later now, I checked again and they're at #9. In other words, they're sinking faster than a kisaeng tied to a general. A look at another chart may show what's at work here: