Interesting article from the NYT about compulsory military service in South Korea and how athletes may be exempted but K-pop stars aren’t — yet.
South Korean men are required to serve in the military for at least 21 months. But if they “enhance national prestige” they can
BTS is certainly enhancing national prestige.
They’re huge in the US now, gave a speech at the UN, and recently made the rounds of the late night talk shows in the US and the UK. I watched them on Jimmy Fallon and Graham Norton, and the fans in the audience were deafening.
Collecting baseball cards used to be a thing. Now it’s soccer stickers. I’ve never been a collector of anything. Have you? I’ve also never played Pokemon Go, but I do know someone who continues to play. To me this seems similar. Am I wrong?
After watching this short video, read an interview with the skateboarder who lost 95% of his sight but kept skating.
Between games, you can look at some beautiful photos (with captions … remember what that means?) of some soccer fields around the world (from The Atlantic). Click on any photo to see the captions and more photos.