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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Goodspeed Analysis: North Korean heir praised for ‘Computer Numerical Control’ | Posted | National Post

Goodspeed Analysis: North Korean heir praised for ‘Computer Numerical Control’ | Posted | National Post
North Korea has never been known for the spellbinding quality of its propaganda. So it is not surprising the latest catch-phrase employed to bolster support for the world’s only communist monarchy is “Computer Numerical Control” or “CNC.”
The phrase, which has been popping up in official news broadcasts and on propaganda posters and factory bulletin boards for more than a year, is a peculiar code for Kim Jong-un, dictator Kim Jong-il’s youngest son and supposed heir.
“CNC” is supposed to be the key to North Korea’s future greatness.
It is meant to convey concepts of youth, modernity and the implementation of cutting-edge technology to transform the Stalinist state’s moribund economy.
It is also supposed to be a reassuring reference to sophisticated duplication and reproduction techniques that use computer-aided design to allow a few workers to mass-produce standardized goods.
The idea is that a new generation of workers can faithfully replicate North Korea’s home-grown Juche ideology of self-reliance by following the dictates of “computer numerical control” under the nearly divine guidance of Kim Jong-un, the country’s new “Young General.”
On Thursday, the phrase will likely be employed to signal a crucial transfer of power as Kim Jong-il is expected to officially designate Kim Jong-un as his successor when he opens the largest political gathering in North Korea in nearly 44 years.

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