Expectations and reality of postgraduate study

I’m not here to disappoint you by failing to provide yet another poor quality cartoon drawn by hand on the back side of a reused paper sheet.

I don’t know why Squid Game was released when it was released, but I know that its release – and immediate rise to popularity – coincided with me beginning my postgraduate degree at the University of Brighton.

With all the easter eggs hidden in the show, multi-layered characters, and complex relationships and metaphors, there is a huge outpouring of “analysis” and “break down” type videos on YouTube that focus on Squid Game‘s plot and characters.

So I find myself watch weeks go by while most of what I’ve been doing is in-depth study of Sae-byok, Ji-yeong, Gi-hun, Il-nam and other characters that made the show. No, don’t worry, I did not take up learning Korean – I gave it a go a few months ago after watching Romance is a bonus book (which shares a main character with Squid Game!) – and since I’m not fluent in Korean by now, I don’t think I ever will unless I move to South Korea.

So, really, the above shows me in black-and-white, pen-on-paper. I’ll colour it in later, but I don’t feel obliged to colour it in since I’m not a geographer anymore, so why would I? (I’m kidding; obviously, I am still a geographer. You don’t recover from it that quickly).

Did you watch Squid Game? Are you as much into breaking it down as I am? I think it’s super exciting, and brings media and film studies to the front of popculture pages, which is, you have to say, a good thing. Critical analysis is much better than gossip about who-said-what, who-wore-what, celebrity weddings, divorces, and crushes. Isn’t it?

Published by kotersey

Graduated from geography (University of Edinburgh), now student of history of design and material culture at the University of Brighton. Probably drinking iced coffee and thinking about buildings/computer games.

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