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Study: Online posts about Korean pop culture have jumped 3,000 percent since ‘Squid Game’ release

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  • A recent South Korean study found that online English-language posts relating to Korean pop culture increased by 3,000 percent, or 30-fold, following the release of the Netflix series “Squid Game.”
  • The Korea International Cultural Exchange Agency and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced their findings yesterday after analyzing data on Korean pop culture’s global impact.
  • The report was based on data collected from various social platforms, including YouTube, TikTok, Reddit and Rotten Tomatoes, between June and December of last year.
  • “Squid Game” made history upon its September 2021 release when it became the “biggest series launch” in Netflix history with over 111 million viewers in its first month.

A South Korean study found that online English-language posts related to Korean pop culture increased by 3,000 percent, or 30-fold, following the release of the popular Netflix series “Squid Game.”

The Korea International Cultural Exchange Agency (KOFICE) and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism released the report yesterday. They analyzed data from 15 countries across three categories of online media between June and December of last year.

Online cockfighting surge in the Philippines sees billions wagered monthly

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  • Cockfighting, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death, is generating over a billion dollars in revenue for licensed operators.
  • Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., which hosts round-the-clock matches, attracts about 60 billion pesos (approximately $1.16 billion) in monthly bets.
  • A scandal involving the disappearance of 34 rooster handlers has attracted public scrutiny and prompted a legislative inquiry into the Philippine Senate.
  • Filipino legislators recommended a temporary suspension of cockfighting, which President Duterte rejected.
  • The government-owned corporation that authorizes gambling in the country, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp, reportedly collects as much as 640 million pesos (approximately $12.2 million) per month from licensed cockfighting operators.

Cockfighting has now become a billion-dollar industry in the Philippines months after going online. 

Considered taboo and illegal in many countries, the bloodsport that pits two roosters to fight to the death is a popular pastime dating back hundreds of years in the country.

Dutch Man Hospitalized After Waiting 10 Days in Chinese Airport for Internet Girlfriend

A Dutch man flew to China and waited at the airport for 10 days in the name of love for a Chinese woman he met online.

Alexander Piter Cirk, 41, met a 26-year-old Chinese woman online nearly two months ago thanks to a convenient social networking app. Recently, Cirk flew from Holland to Changsha Huanghua International Airport to surprise his dearly beloved.

Chinese Trolls Making 488 Million Propaganda Posts Every Year Are on the Government Payroll

For years, Chinese netizens have come to disdain an online troll army that populates social media with pro-government propaganda posts. Outsiders condemn the group as keyboard warriors who are allegedly paid 0.5 yuan per post in an attempt to shape public opinion to the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party.

In reality, not much is known about the “wumao,” or the Fifty Cent Party, and most information about them has been speculative. A new report, however, sheds some light into the inner workings of the widely hated group..

Here’s How Much Cash Americans Blow When Shopping Online

Americans love to spend money, and the infographic below shows exactly how much people are spending every second. Created by digital marketer Frankie Rendón in collaboration with CouponBox, the infographic “US Consumption in Real Time” allows spectators to “watch what U.S. citizens eat, drink, buy and spend” according to retailer and industry.

Americans spend an estimated $5.5 million dollars every 20 minutes on online shopping, according to the infographic. Online e-commerce giant Amazon receives 16% of total online purchases. However, both department store Macy’s and electronic’s store Best Buy trail behind Amazon in number of sales.

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