North Korea’s Media Force Field Even Repels Twitter

Kim Jong Il liked the movies and was said to have a collection of 20,000 of them.

News today has focused on the next steps for North Korea, a country that manages to keep itself shrouded in mystery despite the forces of social media and other information-sharing tools.

What we know: newscasters wept on-air and citizens were weeping openly in the streets after news hit of Dear Leader’s death; Kim Jong Il wanted his youngest son Kim Jong Un to take the leadership role once he was gone; the U.N. has once again raised the issue of ongoing human rights abuses in the country; and one man’s trip to lay flowers at the North Korean embassy in London is newsworthy.

What we don’t know: mostly everything else.

Experts say that others may be making a play for power. If Kim Jong Un can hang on, there might not be a whole lot of change in North Korea.

We didn't know what Kim Jong Un looked like until last year. Photo: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a press conference where she reiterated the U.S.’s desire for better relations with the country and made it known that world leaders have been in touch with one another, probably to compare notes and try to prepare for the unknown. South Korea is already taking precautions.

North Korea has announced that Kim Jong Il’s funeral will take place on December 28 (the new leader is in charge of that) and other experts say that’s a sign that things are going smoothly.

Most definitely, the media has been focused on this news today, and Twitter brought many the news last night. But that was two days after Kim Jong Il died. A world leader died and it took two days for it to appear on Twitter. We’ll give you a couple of seconds to let that sink in.

[image via Buzzfeed, which has a hilarious photo album of things that made Dear Leader smile.]