In search of the Korean digital wave
This article sets the context for this special themed issue on the `Korean digitalwaveÃÂ¿ by considering the symbiotic relationship between digital technologies, theirtechniques and practices, their uses and the affordances they provide, and KoreaÃÂ¿s`compressed modernityÃÂ¿ and swift industrialisation. It underscores the importanceof interrogating a range of groundbreaking developments and innovations withinKoreaÃÂ¿s digital mediascapes, and its creative and cultural industries, in order togain a complex understanding of one of AustraliaÃÂ¿s most significant export marketsand trading partners. Given the financial and political commitment in Australiato a high-speed broadband network that aims to stimulate economic and culturalactivity, recent technological developments in Korea, and the double-edged roleplayed by government policy in shaping the `Korean digital waveÃÂ¿, merit closeattention from media and communications scholars.
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