This has been quite a week, I must say. I have been subjected to everything ranging from intense media attention (just google OGD or Organisation and Guidance Department; Organization of course if you’re a cousin from across the pond), vilification, accusations of mystification (my personal favorite) to patronizing passive-aggressive advice/inquiries on what it is real academics do (as opposed to what I am doing, I hazard a guess) and made the New York Times
Do I know what’s going on in Pyongyang? Of course I do, but if I were to tell you, I’d have to kill you. So let’s pretend I don’t and let me make some educated guesses at what is happening (the good thing about having a PhD is that each and any guess you make, no matter how hairy-brained stupid, becomes educated by default). Let’s put some of the facts (or perhaps I should say ‘undisputed, commonly accepted suppositions’) down:
I keep reading all these comments that there was a coup in North Korea, or at least that Jang Jin-sung claimed that there was a coup. Here is a prime specimen. But methinks the learned gentlemen (and the woefully outnumbered ladies in this profession of course) should try and actually read what Jang says. There was no coup.
Who cares? Does it really matter? We should know by now that this is either a NK propaganda ploy (NK has been known to proactively engage foreign (mis)conceptions in its propaganda) and KJU has been diligently
It seems as if after the successful conclusion of the Leiden conference A State Of Non-Legitimacy in which the Organisation and Guidance Department (OGD for its intimi) was dissected in some macaber detail, the OGD has been in the news rather a lot. Which if you think about it is ironic for a “shadowy organisation”