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Ilsan, Seoul, Autumn and the Shout Out Louds: Impossible

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This is one of those rare instances where I might actually enjoy the video more than the song. It just seems whimsical, capturing something, somewhere, somehow from some past. At the very least it does an admirable job of trying to capture that notion of fleeting time. Just another example how moving images can narrate quite evocatively, casting layers on an otherwise linear plot.

And besides, the video makes me feel like it is autumn. That is quite literally my favorite time of the whole year. It evokes a memory of Ilsan (일산동구) in the late 1990s walking from the hagwon (학원) I was teaching at and wandering out towards the subway stop to head to Seoul on an early Saturday evening. So much possibility.

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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