Cyberkoelies

On: December 22, 2006
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Associate Professor New Media at the Dept. of Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

   
Cyberkoelies
Floris-Jan van Luyn en Edwin Verstegen, VPRO
A documentary about the contradictions and tensions of modernisation and globalisation in China. Young people leave the country side and wind up as low wage substitute World of Warcraft players for their more wealthy counterparts in Western countries who have either no time or no lust to earn rewards, ranks and levels themselves.
The documentary also shows a compelling image of the contradictions between the country side and the rapidly modernizing urban environmeent, between physical labor in agriculture and digital sweat shops, between generations, site bound traditions and global modernization.
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