photoJan 06, 2013 12:33 pm
Digital Parenting: Father and Son Edition
A frustrated father in China hired hitmen to put an end to his son’s online gaming. But not the gun-toting analog-world type. Instead, he found players in the role playing games his son played and set them to attack.
Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son’s favorite online games to hunt down Xiao Feng. It is unknown where or how Feng found the in-game assassins—every one of the players he hired were stronger and higher leveled than Xiao Feng. Feng’s idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.
FJP: Filed under nerdtastic parenting.
Image: Screenshot, World of Warcraft.
photoDec 29, 2012 9:40 pm
China has further restricted internet usage, legalizing the deletion of posts or pages that contain illicit information and requiring all users to provide their real names to service providers.
The new rules, issued on Friday, make it harder for businesses to protect commercial secrets and for individuals to access websites from abroad that the Chinese government believes are politically sensitive,The New York Times reported.
The estimated number of internet users in China has grown to more than 500 million, about 40 percent of the population, the Bangkok Post reported.
While netizens are allowed to use pseudonyms, under the new rules they first must provide their real names to service providers, which is expected to stifle conversation on microblogging websites. China’s biggest internet firm, Sina Corp, reported that the move would reduce traffic to websites like Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
Chinese authorities and internet companies have always monitored and censored what citizens can say online, but now the government has actually put in place measures that would make deleting possibly controversial posts into law, Reuters reported.
As BBC News reported, the internet and social media have also been used to plan and execute mass protests. Additionally, many corrupt officials of the Communist Party have been outed by individuals on the web.
Our Tumblr’s blocked, but our main site is fine! How do you fare?
photoJul 27, 2012 4:55 pm
Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry follows the famous artist around the world as he repeatedly irks Chinese authorities with his art and political critiques. Fresh Air’s John Powers says the documentary casts important light on the fight for greater freedom in China.