The popularity of the previous President, Roh Moo Hyun, in Korea seems to become a hotter issue on the Internet. A new terminology, Roh-Ganji (Roh, his family name + Ganji, a slang that teenagers and netizens like to use and its meaning is ‘cool’) is born. His hometown is full of visitors. Blogs talks about his daily life. His life as an ordinary citizen, such as biking, buying goods in a small grocery store, and helping small activities in his hometown, seems to give people fresh surprises compared to previous presidents’ lives. While his popularity goes up through netizens, others claim that the exposure of his popularity is aimed at the coming general election. While blogs are busy showing his ordinary life and talking about what he did during his term, the media regards it as a temporary tendency. At any rate, Roh-Ganji fills the Internet in Korea at present.
The new Roh Moo Hyun syndrome makes netizens ask why he has become popular again.
It seems that battles between Roh Moo Hyun and new President Lee Myung Bak have not completed yet.
Roh Moo Hyun blocked close relationships between the authority and press (This is like the authority stopped drugs). He didn’t give bones to dogs (newspapers) and didn’t lie to people (If you tame dogs well, your life would be comfortable. There are politicians who can stand with the support of these dogs. These dogs sometimes pick the owners up by themselves. Sometimes, the owners bow to dogs). If it is difficult, he said it is difficult. If it is no, he said no. (His philosophy for governing the country was simply ‘common sense.’ Therefore, he was criticized a lot. Newspapers were mad, because he didn’t give any bones to them. So, they bit his legs for all five years.[…]
Lee Myung Bak resurrected close relations between the authority and press (national assembly man, Hwang, in Incheon told reporters, ‘let’s work together. Dong-a Newspaper gave up a female reporter’s right (who sued a national assemblyman for grabbing her breast) and reporters got together with the Grand National Party men at Karaoke. I don’t know whether they got bones already, but they work well. They call Lee Myung Bak, CDMA president, president who give rice to us, successful president, and encourage people to support him. Even though it is difficult, he says it’s not difficult. Even though it is no, he says yes.[…]
Roh Moo Hyun thought about our future. Even though we asked him to give medicine, he didn’t give. Because it could cause more pain…. Therefore there was no aftermath either. Helping in the short term… If he did, his popularity could go up at once. But Roh Moo Hyun didn’t do that no matter how much he was blamed.
Lee Myung Bak thinks about our present. (future? That’s depending on individuals) He promised to decrease oil price, telecommunication fee, and tax. But the oil price went up. He didn’t do anything for telecommunications fees. Tax decrease was for the wealthy who have ‘gold membership’ of 100 million won [US$100,000]. The land on spec, plagiarism, dual citizenship, military exemption, tax evasion… with his loyal servants who use 300,000 won soap box, he discussed 100 won increase of Ramen. To him, the present is important. Tomorrow? Next? Future?… he doesn’t care.
We citizens got strange. We have a strange symptom to miss Roh Moo Hyun. Stupid Roo Moo Hyun, blamed Roo Moo Hyun… even though cleaned clothes were dropped in dust, it was regarded as due to Roh Moo Hyun. But why do people look back at such a stupid Roh Moo Hyun?
Do we citizens go through the pain to grow up… I want to believe that way.
While he was criticized a lot during his government, now many netizens would like to talk about what he did for the citizens again.
When he was the president, the increase on housing price was limited in the Metropolitan area (comparing to other governments, it is the narrow range). The price was to stay or to decrease in countryside. The reason why the metropolitan area increased was due to fundamental problem of housing policies of Seoul. When Lee Myung Bak was the Seoul Mayor, he implemented construction of new towns and approved high price apartment building. After that, the housing price rapidly went up. Roh Moo Hyun was the one who held course and tried to control property policy. But media condemned him.[…] I think about Roh Moo Hyun while I am watching the subprime crisis in the U.S.A. What he did well was to suppress realty policies from the early last year. Checking economic trend of the U.S.A., he propelled strong measures. At that time, he limited the loan capacity and could prevent a sub prime crisis. Even though real estate in Korea has bubbled to four times more than America when we compare profits, Roh Moo Hyun did a good job to the end of his governance. With this one thing, he is worth to get praise from us citizens.
Some netizens criticize early criticism against the new government.
Through this syndrome and evidence of more powerful blog news compared to media, netizens seem to be influenced by blog news. With this syndrome, a netizen puts a post with a title, “In the period of the Internet, the job that gets the most blame is reporters?”
[…]Through online media, there are more reporters than the past. Due to that, the treatment is much worse than before. There are diverse contents of news depending on media’s characteristics. When people would like to criticize, it should be more serious. Reporters should also listen to the opinions[…]