The Effect of Internet on the Issue of "Who Defines Deviant": The Examination of Korean Yupgi Culture

Yoon-Hee Kang, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Yupgi, meaning something bizarre, has been one of the most popular words in the Internet searches recently in Republic Of Korea, where Internet is very available to broad social strata. This paper examines the Korean Yupgi culture and the effect of Internet on it. The alternative thought, fringe subculture, and so-called radical behaviors as we knew them have actually become the mainstreams. As the new type of media that has some specific characteristics such as interactiveness, how Internet can influence on the boundary of deviance and the change of the power group who defines deviant will be discussed on the base of the conflict perspective.

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