The New York Times (NYT) has posted an August 30 article on Dokdo by Choe Sang-hun entitled "Desololated Dots in the Sea Stir Deep Emotions as South Korea Resists a Japanese Claim."
If you read Choe's August 28 International Herald Tribune article HERE, then you do not really need to read the New York Times article since it is essentially the same article with a few reworked paragraphs, a different title, and a different picture.
Choe was on a South Korean government sponsored trip to Dokdo a week or so ago, so the message he is trying to send on Dokdo is probably the same message the South Korean government is trying to send.
The message to the world seems to be, "Yes, we do crazy things like cut off fingers, stab ourselves, and try to burn ourselves to death while protesting Japan's claim to Dokdo, but please try to understand that our national pride is at stake."
The message to Japan seems to be, "We already hate you, but if you keep making claims on Dokdo, we will hate you more."
My message to Korea is: "If you really value your 'national pride,' then you will stop sending out messages on Dokdo because you are essentially telling the world that emotion trumps reason in Korea. And why would you want to tell the world that?"