Going to college in China is pretty much like being in prison- and being in Chinese prison is pretty much like being in a CIA torture site (or an actual normal American prison, given how poor things are going there these days). On the other hand, The Guardian writes about how prisoners are now being forced to… play World of Warcraft?! Bizarre:
“As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.
Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for “illegally petitioning” the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do.”
I can’t wait for Thomas Friedman to write a book about how Chinese prison WoW labor is a global flattener.