Analysis Of N. O By BTS: No Offense To Education

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“N.O” by BTS –– No Offense to Education What’s your goal in life? Happiness? Success? Love? Whatever it may be, there’s no rea-son as to why you can’t achieve it––that’s what BTS is trying to tell us in their song “N.O.” Of-fering a futuristic view that is an astute commentary on South Korea’s restrictive culture, particu-larly among young people, “N.O” shouts power and invulnerability––telling adolescents to not tolerate monotonous goals set by adults and to find their own happiness before it’s too late. Prior to their debut back in July 2013 with “No More Dream,” the septet was known for having a few roots in the underground hip-hop scene. During their underground days, leader Rap Monster was known as Runch Randa, a name he received based …show more content…
Essentially, these crackdowns are a way for South Korea to tame its educational masochism. Politicians are changing school testing and university admissions policies in hopes of reducing student stress, and rewarding them softer educational qualities like creativity (Ripley). As afore mentioned, without aspects like creativity in education, education just becomes an oppressive routine and makes learning a competition. About a third of the way into the video, BTS rebel while both the teacher and the guards become hesitant and surprised. Though they went to such lengths to keep the boys in line with pills and the SWAT team, the authority figures behave as if they didn’t really expect them to retaliate at all. They are unsure of how to react––they were all intimidation, with no real force or authority to begin with. With their rebellion, the room begins to break down. Once the teacher drops his pointing stick––the symbol of his power over education––he loses all authority completely and the room ex-plodes, allowing the boys to leave. This shows that they have broken the construct that was set before

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