How to Defeat the US with Math: An Animated North Korean Propaganda Film for Kids

Yes, North Korea won yes­ter­day. Threat­en­ing 9/11-like vio­lence, the DPRK scared Sony and Amer­i­ca’s four largest the­ater chains into pulling the plug on the release of The Inter­view. And, just like that, Amer­i­cans lost their right to watch their own pro­pa­gan­da films — even dumb fun­ny ones — in their own the­aters. But, don’t despair, we can still watch pro­pa­gan­da films from North Korea on YouTube — like the vin­tage ani­ma­tion for chil­dren above. You don’t need to under­stand what’s being said to get the gist. Take your school­work seri­ous­ly, bone up on your geom­e­try, and you can launch enough mis­siles to force Amer­i­ca into sub­mis­sion. True, geom­e­try does­n’t put you in a good posi­tion to hack cor­po­rate com­put­ers. But seem­ing­ly you can get that help from Chi­na.

via The Week

Relat­ed Con­tent: 

Don­ald Duck’s Bad Nazi Dream and Four Oth­er Dis­ney Pro­pa­gan­da Car­toons from World War II

Neu­ro­science and Pro­pa­gan­da Come Togeth­er in Disney’s World War II Film, Rea­son and Emo­tion

How the CIA Turned Doc­tor Zhiva­go into a Pro­pa­gan­da Weapon Against the Sovi­et Union


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  • Vincent KUBICKI says:

    Geom­e­try becomes very abstract and close to alge­bra as one pro­gress­es through uni­ver­si­ty. Alge­bra has a lot of appli­ca­tions in cryp­tog­ra­phy and com­put­er sci­ences in gen­er­al. Hence one could slight­ly dis­agree with the state­ment that “True, geom­e­try doesn’t put you in a good posi­tion to hack cor­po­rate com­put­ers.” A well-known illus­tra­tion of this would be that the NSA is one on the biggest employ­er of math­e­mati­cians on Earth, a lot of whom I guess are qui­et acquaint­ed with geom­e­try.

  • Vincent KUBICKI says:

    I love the work done at Open­Cul­ture to con­stant­ly pub­lish high qual­i­ty arti­cles. Your site is a true gem of the Inter­net.

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