Colorado State University professor looks at the mountain popularity of South Korea’s ‘Squid Game’ Netflix show – CBS Denver


FORT COLLINS, Colorado (CBS4) – A professor of media studies at Colorado State University weighs in on a trending TV show on Netflix. “Squid Game” scored as the no. 1 broadcast on the streaming service in 90 countries.

The South Korean show follows characters in debt who have chosen to participate in children’s games for $ 40 million. If they lose, they die.

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In this photo taken on October 7, 2021, a large digital screen on a building displays the logo of Netflix, producers of the South Korean hit series “Squid Game,” beyond a South Korean flag hoisted above it. of a sidewalk in Seoul (Photo by ANTHONY WALLACE / AFP via Getty Images)

The show is proof that Asian cinema and television are growing.

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Hye Seung Chung teaches media studies at CSU. He says South Korea’s content generally has a strong political message.

“The media are not just a means of entertainment like in the United States or the West, but the media has been seen as a very important tool for political enlightenment or political resistance,” he said.

The show’s success is also helping other Asian content become a trend on Netflix.

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“It is still relatively cheap to produce dramas in South Korea compared to the United States and this Squid Game costs less than $ 2 million per episode, which is half the price Netflix has invested in each episode of House of. Cards. “

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