January 11, 2015
Hot topic coming through… but first, an interesting story. Before we planned on opening up a coffee shop, Simon and I had planned a Speaker’s Corner video booth segment that involved us building a portable video booth that would allow us to move it to various universities and busy subway stops. Our plan was to get more interaction from random strangers and also from Korean people by posing hot topic questions. The problem was designing a light enough booth that could be moved and set up quickly while providing adequate light and audio for a video. We also faced other problems like how would we power this booth if we’re on the street? Would we need a permit? After many designs issues we just gave up on the idea…for the time being. Once we knew we were opening a coffee shop, we asked Hyunwoo if it was okay to save space in the shop for our video booth idea. Then we got super excited.
We hired a design team right away and started explain the concept of the video booth. It took over 8 months of design and testing to get it started not to mention issues with figuring out file sizes and transferring the video and audio but we finally got it up and running! Today’s topic is an example of one of the hot issue topics we wanted to get people’s opinions on and we were really nervous to post it in the booth. Not because it’s a bad topic but because we were nervous no one would answer it. We were totally wrong and super happy!
Today’s topic is all about plastic surgery and what you think about it. We did a TL;DR on Plastic Surgery in Korea before, so check that out if you haven’t already. It’s always interesting to see the different perspectives on body modification in general. We see a couple major recurring points, such as from the guy in this week’s video that mentioned their is a different perspective between what is even deemed plastic surgery. Indeed a lot of students didn’t consider getting double eyelid surgery to be plastic surgery, and I would argue that double eyelid surgery is the most common thing done in Korea. So even the basic concept of what is plastic surgery is arguable! But I think all of us can agree that plastic surgery done for health reasons is not really the type of thing people argue about.
I think the arguments always comes down to whether plastic surgery done in order to change your appearance because you’re not happy with your current appearance, is a good idea or not. What I found really intriguing was the two reoccurring opposing schools of thought: if getting plastic surgery makes you more confident and thus happier, go for it VS many people in Korea get plastic surgery done but only due to social pressure so it does not lead to happiness. So then the question is this: does social pressure in Korea make you want to get plastic surgery done, and then after getting plastic surgery are you then confident and happy because you now fit into societies view of beauty? Keep in mind being the “correct beautiful” in Korea can help you get a job or land you a hot boyfriend/girlfriend and thus a good marriage. And I’m not being judgemental when I say that, it’s just the way things work here. So on one side of the argument, if you goal is simply getting a particular job or spouse, I think plastic surgery would indeed make you happier. But on the other side of the argument, being hired or married solely based off of your looks doesn’t actually guarantee a job or spouse that makes you happy in the long run. I really think both arguments are totally legit. It’s such a difficult topic! What do you think about all this? Perhaps you know somebody that loves their new looks? Maybe you had it yourself? Would you change something about yourself if you could? Let us know in the comment section!