Since most of us are still reeling from the ‘Crash Landing on You’ Finale, I’ll go on Nerd Mode because, why not?
Last week, I have posted this one on Facebook and decided it merits a post on its own. This is due to the fact that ecommerce and tech are topics close to my heart. So is CLOY or Crash Landing on You – a Netflix Kdrama special.
This Kdrama series somehow made me curious about North Korea. Despite its ‘glamorization’ of the recluse country, it still deserves merit on showing the sides of North Korea you will never understand in documentaries.
Despite its ‘glamorization’ of the recluse country, it still deserves merit on showing the sides of North Korea you will never understand in documentaries
SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t watched this top and trending Korean Drama series, turn back. This is full of spoilers! Don’t say you weren’t warned.
A special note on Seri, the female protagonist or heroine of CLOY.
While multitasking, I can always insert an episode or two on Netflix as background noise.
More often than not, I tend to stay away from anything that requires me to READ or pay too much attention to – anime with subtitles, foreign language series with subtitles, or documentaries, to name a few.
But because of FOMO, I feel like I have to watch CLOY or Crash Landing on You – a kdrama on Netflix. It’s not just FOMO. Being in the loop with pop culture and trending topics is part of the job of being a digital marketing consultant.
Back to CLOY, I’m on episode 5 and about to give up but then I am ruminating on how unique the main character Seri is. She is an epitome of a power lady who is cunning enough to know when to use events and opportunities as moments to seize for her benefit and self-preservation.
She is an epitome of a power lady who is cunning enough to know when to use events and opportunities as moments to seize for her benefit and self-preservation.
I think women in movies or shows are portrayed either too feminist or too red-pilled. But then I like that Seri, the heroine, seems to be in between. Her decisions for me are valid – how she sees the Captain as an ally, how she built a rapport with the company, how she squeezed her way into the hearts of the women in the village.
To more strong women in movies and shows. Not you Sabrina.
How Ecommerce and Tech Could Have Helped the Characters of ‘Crash Landing on You’
After ruminating on the ending of ‘Crash Landing on You’ I realized that there are scenes or dilemmas in the series that could be easily solved by ecommerce and technology.
This got me thinking about the state of ecommerce in the countries of North Korea and South Korea. Seems like it’s a good place to start in understanding how rampant is their use of the internet or the lack thereof.
A quick search online and you’ll learn the following about ecommerce in South Korea and DPRK —
First, the site Manmulsang in DPRK is reportedly the busiest Ecommerce Site in North Korea. Since it is an intranet, attempts to connect to it outside DPRK are impossible.
Next, South Korea is not far behind innovation. In fact, they have the largest ecommerce activity and have more advanced markets online.
Gmarket, Auction, 11st, Coupang – These sites in South Korea are the largest online retailers or ecommerce sites in the country.
Looking at this list, I believe there could have been better approaches to fix the dilemmas and the problems they had presented in the story of Crash Landing On you ??? ??? – Korean Drama. There may be limitations though. For example, it is mentioned in the series that they don’t have internet in DPRK. It obviously poses the problem of actually implementing these solutions.
In a perfect world, we should have access to a fast and reliable internet connection
As a tech advocate, I truly believe that there are ways that tech – and community engagement, I don’t have just one knife 😀 – could solve problems. In a perfect world, we should have access to a fast and reliable internet connection. Right, Philippines?
This is how the characters could have solved it. And, of course, assuming they have access to the internet and tech:
1. Sites like PawnHero or eBay could have helped Seri gain some cash for her watch and engagement ring or made it easier for Gu Seung-joon to buy back the ring.
2. Google Play and Apple Store could have saved Seo Dan from the effort of going to an actual marketplace just to get a mobile game installed.
3. Grab Food or Foodpanda could have helped Captain Ri order chicken without calling landline.
4. Shopee and Lazada could have helped the ajummas buy their fave products of Seri’s Choice.
5. Tinder and Bumble can help Seo Dan look for the man of her dreams. After Alberto, of course.
6. Google Calendar and Messenger Apps could have helped Seri and Captian Ri with their long-distance relationship.
How about you? Do you have thoughts on how things would have been easy if they have access to the internet?
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