Kim Jong Il Looking At Things

Kim Jong Il Looking At Things

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Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 07:18PM EDT by Brad.

Added Dec 04, 2010 at 06:54PM EST by nitrous.

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Kim Jong Il Looking At Things refers to an online collection of official photographs of the late North Korean dictator visiting various manufacturing facilities for inspection, which is a long-running tradition within the regime formally known as On-The-Spot Guidance. What began as a single topic blog on Tumblr, the photos typically show the now deceased North Korean dictator staring at objects during the inspection process.


The Tumblr blog "Kim Jong Il Looking At Things"[1] was launched by Portuguese art director creator Joรฃo Rocha on October 6th, 2010. All of the original photographs were taken and published by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's propaganda wing mainly used to promote Kim Jong Il's public image and the state's official Juche[2] ideology.

KIM JONG-IL LOOKING AT THINGS the dear leader likes to look at things. updated every other day and sometimes on the weekends too. rss/about/twitter looking at the sky I HOURAGO ON DECEMBER 06, 2010 AT 07:17PM B NOTES


The very first Reddit[3] thread about the Tumblr surfaced on Oct. 28th, 2010 and only received a few dozen up votes. On Dec. 2nd, 2010, another thread was posted on Reddit[4] that accumulated 2,393 up votes prior to being archived. The following day, various images showed up on the Body Building forums.[5]

Soon after, the mainstream media picked up on the blog including MSNBC[6], The Washington Post[7] and NPR.[8] The Tumblr spread rapidly through news sites and internet humor blogs like The Huffington Post[9], BuzzFeed[10], Laughing Squid[11], Funny Or Die[12] and CurrentTV.[13]

Kim Jong Il's Death

On December 18th, 2011, South Korea's Yonhap News[14] via North Korean Central News Agency reported that Kim Jong Il had passed away at the age of 69 during a train ride on Saturday December 17th, 2011. The North's announcement of his death was quickly picked up by various news publications around the world. Within hours of the announcement, the Tumblr blog "King Jong-un Looking at Things" was created featuring photos of Kim Jong Il's son, Kim Jong Un.

looking at YOU


Search Interest

Search queries for "kim jong il looking at things" peaked in December of 2010 around the same time it was posted to Reddit.

External References

[1] Tumblr โ€“ Kim Jong II Looking At Things

[2] Wikipedia โ€“ Juche

[3] Reddit โ€“ Kim Jong II Looking at Things

[4] Reddit โ€“ Kim Jong II Looking at Things

[5] Body Building โ€“ Kim Jong II

[6] MSNBC โ€“ Kim Jong Il looking at things

[7] Washington Post โ€“ Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

[8] NPR โ€“ An enigma in full view North Korea Leader

[9] The Huffington Post โ€“ The Funniest Pictures of Kim Jon Il

[10] BuzzFeed โ€“ 10 most awkward pictures of Kim Jong Il

[11] The Laughing Squid โ€“ Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

[12] Funny or Die โ€“ Funniest Pictures of Kim Jong Il

[13] Current TV โ€“ Kim Jong Il Looking at Things

[14] Yonap News Agenecy โ€“ N. Korean leader dies at age 69

[15] Tumblr โ€“ kim jong-un looking at things

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