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Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp Prison Break

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the make-a-run-for-it dept.

Crime 177

UgLyPuNk writes "A group of inmates at the Huai'an Internet Addiction Treatment Centre decided they'd had enough of the 'monotonous work and intensive training.' Working together, they tied their duty supervisor to his bed and made a run for it. The 14 patients, aged from 15 to 22, hailed a taxi to take them to a nearby town — but were uncovered when the driver took them to the police station instead, suspicious of the identically dressed young men who were unable to pay the fare."

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First post! (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494722)

First I escaped Slashdot Addiction Camp, and now this! What a perfect day.

USians don't need to jail their netjunkies (0, Troll)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494802)

they just feed them GMOes and Aspartame-sodas until they're too fat to get through the door...
hence their numbers on crapdot.

Re:USians don't need to jail their netjunkies (2, Informative)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495428)

they just feed them GMOes and Aspartame-sodas until they're too fat to get through the door...

Hitroll--

Aspartame isn't going to do it. It takes high fructose corn syrup [mayoclinic.com] and the consciousness of a pigeon to really do the job.

MOD PARENT UP! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495570)

mod parent up

Re:USians don't need to jail their netjunkies (1)

Hijacked Public (999535) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495600)

You forgot that it also takes the willpower of a human.

Re:First post! (1)

Rallias Ubernerd (1760460) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494880)

The Slashdot Addiction Camp is over filled and under staffed, It was plenty easy to tie up the 3 workers with the 500 patients.

too dick, not enough rope$ (1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494988)

nt

Re:First post! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495002)

I hear you, dude. I say tonight we make a break for it. We will tie Commander Taco up by getting him started on the Japanese school girl irc channel at freenode. Once he is "occupied" we go over the wall and out on our own. We just have to find a taxi driver that does not speak English and is afraid of the authorities. Cannot be too hard can it? (Once we get into town I say we break out the netbooks and go hit the nearest starbucks.)

how to end the addiction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495146)

ingriedients required

one laptop/Ipads are now useful use one of these maybe
one tree
rope
YOU

- tie YOU to one tree and beat him with a lap top OR the ipad for a week

'monotonous work and intensive training' (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494726)

Instead of playing WoW, are they just living it now?

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494758)

You know what would be the perfect "abuse of authority/prison-industrial complex" scandal story?

Using inmates at an internet-addiction boot camp as slave labor for your WoW gold-farming business...

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (1)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494784)

that's such a brilliant idea that I would be surprised if it hasn't already happened.

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495324)

that's such a brilliant idea that I would be surprised if it hasn't already happened.

If you want to hear the sounds of Chinese ethnicity, just drop a bunch of silverware down the stairs. *ching* *chong* *chink*

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (3, Funny)

PatPending (953482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495588)

that's such a brilliant idea that I would be surprised if it hasn't already happened.

Perhaps Jeff Bezos will try to patent that too!

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495116)

If anything, that would probably help cure their addiction. I doubt many WoW players would be thrilled about day-long forced virtual labor when it isn't benefiting themselves. Likely they would realize how pointless it really is.

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (3, Funny)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495584)

No, no, no... you want to break them of the habit you make them game testers. [penny-arcade.com]

They'll want to chop off their own hands and gouge out their eyes before using a computer again.

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494846)

WoW isn't like that at all once you get past the 1-80 stage of the game. The 'grind' is actually rewarding and not that monotonous (Different boss fights, constantly refreshed PvP opponents.) By your logic, CoD6 would be a lot more monotonous.

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494980)

So you have to play for several weeks realtime before it gets fun? Sounds great. :P

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (1)

natehoy (1608657) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495070)

But at least you get paid, right?

Oh, wait...

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (1)

ShadowDragoonFTW (1527831) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495414)

And it was at just that time everybody finally realized Garrosh Hellscream is the true leader of the Chinese government...

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495110)

Weeks!? You must be a power leveler...

Or maybe I'm just not addicted enough... *sigh*

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495304)

The last (and only) MMO I played was Shadowbane. But if WoW bears any semblance, the first and second leveling process will be fun, as you acclimate to the in-game world. After that, you have experienced mostly everything, and the process becomes level as quickly as you can, and PvP, or do whatever else it is high-level characters do in WoW.

Then again, SB was a PvP game with only minor PvE content, so maybe WoWers can get through leveling 3-8 characters and still enjoy themselves.

And as usually in the case of MMOs, the eventual goal isn't to simply level up a generic character, but to create a fun build that you enjoy to play. It's great coming up with a new toon that dominates half the server, and watching the copycat builds that appear soon after.

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (2, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495198)

Instead of playing WoW, are they just living it now?

But on a good monitor, WoW has got better resolution than the real world!

(appologies to Philip J. Fry)

Re:'monotonous work and intensive training' (1)

martijnd (148684) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495630)

I think this is great -- they have learned teamwork from their online adventures.

Bootcamp gave them the social skills.

Combined it became a succesful prison break.

I know China is crowded (5, Interesting)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494728)

but shouldn't 14 people in a single cab still be considered somewhat suspicious on it's own?

Re:I know China is crowded (5, Funny)

Improv (2467) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494754)

Not really. People training for the clown car trick typically practice in China.

Re:I know China is crowded (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494778)

Not really. People training for the clown car trick typically practice in China.

I don't know about clown car tricks but that's where I learned how to do my fire drills.

Re:I know China is crowded (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494904)

Like this?

Mcfryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!! YOU'RE FIRED!!!! [ketzer.com]

Oh wait, that guy was Japanese. Never mind.

Re:I know China is crowded (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494782)

but shouldn't 14 people in a single cab still be considered somewhat suspicious on it's own?

No, what was suspicious was that they weren't making Yankees shirts or iPod clones in the back seat.

Re:I know China is crowded (0)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494938)

'Cabs' in other countries aren't always sedans. Sometimes they are buses or vans. Having a group of people travel together isn't uncommon.

I suspect the guy didn't take them to the police because they were a big group, or dressed alike, but simply because he knew they couldn't pay the fare.

Re:I know China is crowded (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495318)

He's still a grassing bastard. I hope they find him one day and kick his yellow fucking head in.

Re:I know China is crowded (0)

paiute (550198) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495214)

Not when you tell the driver your name is Duggal.

Reeeeroy Jenkiiiiiins (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494738)

Who's the tank and who's the buffer?

Re:Reeeeroy Jenkiiiiiins (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494912)

Reeeroy? Seriously?

Re:Reeeeroy Jenkiiiiiins (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495196)

No, serious-ry.

Re:Reeeeroy Jenkiiiiiins (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495658)

I'd post something similar here, but I'm at work and like my job.

Suffice to say I'm muttering under my breath the solo song by Kim Jong Il in Team America. These kids must have felt the same way.

Hurra! (5, Funny)

fuzzyfuzzyfungus (1223518) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494742)

Achievement Unlocked: "Prison Break"!

Re:Hurra! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495166)

Achievement Unlocked: "Prison Break"!

Achievement Unlocked: Return to Sender

Punishment? (3, Interesting)

zwei2stein (782480) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494766)

Lat time I read about it was how some "patients" were beaten to death. One wonders what will happen to escapees ...

Re:Punishment? (4, Funny)

RTFA (697910) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494822)

"Game Over"

Re:Punishment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495168)

I was thinking the same thing. It's a really sick world. I also have internet addiction but I'm not bothering anybody and don't have nagging parents telling me to get off the computer. I remembered when I was young I had my keyboard taken away (parents thought that the keyboard was the computer), little did they know I had a few spare keyboards under the bed. Up all night in HS sleeping during class, but know what I still got A's. People are different, just because someone behaves different than the others you shouldn't lock them up if they are not hurting anybody or bothering anyone else.

What a bad thing for these poor guys. They'll probably wind up being corpses for that "Bodies" exhibition http://www.bodiestheexhibition.com/ notice how all of those "bodies" look like Chinese prisoners! What a sick twisted world. They'll kill prisoners and sell their body parts for money, all because they went to the wrong web site, said no to government and thought for themselves. It's going to happen here in the US if we aren't careful as well.

Re:Punishment? (1, Funny)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495270)

I was thinking the same thing. It's a really sick world. I also have crystal meth addiction but I'm not bothering anybody and don't have nagging parents telling me to get off the ice. I remembered when I was young I had my pipe taken away (parents thought that the pipe was the meth), little did they know I had a few spare pipes under the bed. Up all night in HS sleeping during class, but know what I still got A's. People are different, just because someone behaves different than the others you shouldn't lock them up if they are not hurting anybody or bothering anyone else.

There I fixed that for you...though you could substitute just about anything from prostitutes to religions. This is large scale social engineering. They are "culling the herd" like cattle. Traits that they want to remove, they remove. Just be glad they don't want to remove genetic traits or else you might find yourself castrated.

Its really in NO WAY different from what we do here. .

-Steve

Re:Punishment? (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495708)

That was funny.

Re:Punishment? (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495334)

Treated to tea and cookies?

Meanwhile... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494796)

Meanwhile, at home, mom and dad are watching their favorite dramas on television.

McGuyverism Triumphs Again (4, Funny)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494812)

Expect the chinese government to spin this into a positive light for their work camp by "teaching teamwork and on-the-fly improvisational skills".

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494860)

It's even easier than that.

Kids escape "help centre", dutiful cab driver takes them to authority. Harmony is restored.

The spin is easy on this, it's probably why we're hearing about it.

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494968)

I know that I am supposed to think "Oh wow, they have internet addiction camps, how horrible" though... how is that any different from "Vice" laws here in the US? We punish Vice too, just different ones.

-Steve

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

decipher_saint (72686) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495042)

There are plenty of "teen boot camps" you can send listless kids to in the USA.

Same concept, different culture. The difference might be that after such an event in the US there would be some kind of investigation or public inquiry.

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495520)

how is that any different from "Vice" laws here in the US?

The State, a nominally accountable entity, does so, after due process of law. Who recourse do these detainees - some of whom are adults - have when they are kidnapped and abused by a private enterprise?

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

TheCarp (96830) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495564)

Abuse is abuse, regardless of who does it or how much process they put around it. I see little to no difference here. Vice is vice and punishing vice is punishing vice. Its wrong no matter who does it, and wrong no matter how many people vote for it, its wrong no matter how many silly people in silly blue costumes and black robe costumes decide it must be done.

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (1)

qoncept (599709) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494948)

Probably smarter to spin it as they were so addicted they commited crimes to get back online.

Re:McGuyverism Triumphs Again (4, Funny)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494994)

Expect the chinese government to spin this into a positive light for their work camp by "teaching teamwork and on-the-fly improvisational skills".

Also, since they didn't beat up the cab driver, steal his cab, take it for a joy ride and kill a hooker with a baseball bat it's clearly proof that these camps are combatting video game addiction too...

Good way to show you don't have a problem (2, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494814)

So, people claim that these kids ain't addicted or have a problem. But they assault their supervisor and have one most of the most ill out escape plans in history. Really, what was their destination going to be? Home? Their parents send them there. No money. Well HOW ABOUT WALKING THEN? No, lets hail a cab (more likely a bus service with 14 people but I guess Americans never heard of public transport) with no money in camouflage gear...

The Three Stooges could not have done it better.

This does for the proof that there is no such thing as game addiction what "I will beat up anyone who says games make me violent" does for the "video games don't cause violence" crowd. Or Jeremy Clarkson does for any issue. He is such a twat that anything he stands for is automatically a lost cause because if he is for it, it has got to be wrong. If you don't know who Jeremy Clarkson is, he is part of a program that tours Vietnam on a motorcycle with american songs blaring in the background. It is a blessing he wasn't born in America, or he would have thought driving through Vietnam on an motor painted in the American flag with Bruce Springsteen blaring from speakers was a good idea.

Anyway, back op topic. Spoiled kids escape from military school. Cry me a river. Beat them harder next time. If you game for 28 hours straight, you have a problem. Constipation for one.

mod points (5, Funny)

poptones (653660) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494856)

I wanted to mod you up, but there's no option for "drug induced rambling."

Re:mod points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495254)

GP should contact Jeremy Clarkson about being driven to a forest in a Japanese car.

Re:Good way to show you don't have a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494858)

Great, someone watches one episode of Top Gear and is suddenly an expert...

Hurrah.

Re:Good way to show you don't have a problem (2, Funny)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495494)

Really, what was their destination going to be? Home?

You don't know?
Seriously, man. Use your brain a little bit.
That's absolutely obvious.

The nearest Internet cafe.

Age 15-22? (2, Interesting)

xaxa (988988) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494816)

What's the age of [whateveritscalled] in China? i.e. Why do over 16/18 (?) year olds need to "escape"? Pressure from the government, or parents, or honour, or something else?

Re:Age 15-22? (5, Insightful)

cosm (1072588) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494930)

What's the age of [whateveritscalled] in China? i.e. Why do over 16/18 (?) year olds need to "escape"? Pressure from the government, or parents, or honour, or something else?

I think the word your looking for is "oppression", and the answer is "any".

Re:Age 15-22? (0, Flamebait)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494950)

What's the age of [whateveritscalled] in China? i.e. Why do over 16/18 (?) year olds need to "escape"? Pressure from the government, or parents, or honour, or something else?

[whateveritscalled], Adulthood? In a Communist country, only the State is an adult. Everyone else is a child of the State, and babies are having babies... err, babies are having one baby per couple.

Re:Age 15-22? (1)

zarzu (1581721) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495074)

majority, age of majority. and it's 18 in china, so not really sure what's going on here, maybe it's treated as a mental disorder and they have a legal guardian?

Uh... 22 years old? (3, Interesting)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494840)

So, in China, you can pay a private firm to kidnap, lock up and abuse an adult, and if they escape, then the police will return them to the kidnappers?

So, do you just get to pick any adult, and is there a menu for the particular abuse that you want them to be subjected to? The mind boggles at the possibilities.

Re:Uh... 22 years old? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32494962)

That's the Free Market: if you've got the money, somebody's willing to do anything for it. Remember kids: laws and regulations are bad ;)

Re:Uh... 22 years old? (2, Interesting)

lwsimon (724555) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495118)

Complete flamebait. A market, by definition, is not free unless there is a restraint on physical coercion. That is the entire *purpose* of government, to prevent the use of violence between parties.

22, 28, what does the number have to do with it? (3, Interesting)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494998)

Sorry, but 22 can be a child as can 28, well dependent or child take your choice.

Like any law we have here, it opens doors for new expansion to other laws basing some of their rules on previous. Recently health care laws were changed to designate that adults up to 28 are dependents to their parents if so chosen. How is this different than the story in China? Someone is paying to put these children/adults/dependents into these camps to get them back on the road to a productive life. Reading the article the government seems to support their usage but I cannot tell if they pay the costs.

Your really reading far too much into the story. China already locks up who it wants so your scenario exists in the standard method - government oppression. This story is about parents or guardians voluntarily placing dependents into the care of a business whose job is to correct behavior. We have those in the US too. No need to tin foil hat this.

Re:22, 28, what does the number have to do with it (2, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495470)

22, 28, what does the number have to do with it?

Uh, legal adulthood? I live in a civilised country, not China or the US, so I'm not sure why you think pointing out equally nobbed up US laws would be a compelling argument.

You're really reading far too little into the story. The (alleged) motivations behind the kidnappers is a strawman - would you support Scientology's right to kidnap, hold and abuse adults in order to "correct behaviour"? What matters is that victims are being held against their will by private individuals, with no recourse to help from the State.

Is that worse than the abuses carried out by the Chinese State? No, but it's a new type of abuse, and cold comfort to these new victims.

Re:22, 28, what does the number have to do with it (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495626)

You laid out the problem perfectly while blowing completely past it:

If the legal age of adulthood is 18, and the legal age for dependants gets increased above 18, and the parents want them to be dependants (so they can exert control) and the 18 year old wants to be an adult... What happens?

Essentially, all it would take to get out of this prison would to be to claim your adulthood.

However, its in China, and not in America. But if they had similar laws, that would be a problem.

Re:22, 28, what does the number have to do with it (1)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495678)

Yeah, I think you're missing a few key points.

"Recently health care laws were changed to designate that adults up to 28 are dependents to their parents if so chosen."

At a minimum, you're playing fast and loose with the definition of "dependent" and glossing over the fact that a person cannot be coerced into dependent status at that age.

Re:Uh... 22 years old? (1)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495030)

Yes, it's all fine because you have to be related to the person you want kidnapped. Obviously if you could just get anyone bundled into a rickshaw off the street and subjected to prison-like conditions then that would be wrong...

Just Like Oldboy (1)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495056)

So, in China, you can pay a private firm to kidnap, lock up and abuse an adult ...

Huh, you know, it's funny, until your post I have never associated this with Park Chan-Wook's OldBoy [wikipedia.org] (South Korean film).

... and if they escape, then the police will return them to the kidnappers?

That's where they differ -- even the demented revenge plot of Oldboy couldn't dream that up.

Great Idea! (1)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494926)

This sounds like a great basis for an MMO! Addiction Camp Online or maybe World of Addiction Camp. It'll have a lot of grinding. You'll have to put some serious hours into it. But it'll all pay off when your character breaks free of his/her internet addiction and starts living a social, outdoorsy life. And you can do it all from the comfort of your bedroom!

So does this mean death for them? (1)

CrypticSpawn (719164) | more than 4 years ago | (#32494976)

I wonder what their sentence will be? I hear in the addiction boot camps they use to get shock treatment [1]. So I kind of wonder what will be the punishment for this act? [1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/14/china-electric-shock-internet-addiction [guardian.co.uk]

whats so bad about it? (0, Troll)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495064)

being obsessed (addicted) to computers & the internet is not so bad, i can think of a lot worse things to be addicted to, heroin for example, hey as long as they take a break and go for a walk once in a while i see no problem with spending hours in front of a computer playing your favorite game or trolling some forum.

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Re:whats so bad about it? (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495770)

Pleasure from pain [wikipedia.org]

You kinky bugger ;)

A Clockwork Orange (2, Funny)

Tisha_AH (600987) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495086)

I imagine a boot camp with scenes reminiscent of the conditioning in "A Clockwork Orange".

No! No! No!, not Ludwig Von.....

Re:A Clockwork Orange (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495410)

A Crockwolk Olange : Eyes herd open and folced to watch ads for Huai'an Punch.

(/lr swap)

Pure escapism.

What got them was searching for cab fare.

Re:A Clockwork Orange (2, Interesting)

psnyder (1326089) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495466)

Ludwig "van"

"von" in German denoted nobility at the time. The Dutch "van" in Beethoven's name did not, however he tricked the Austrian courts during his custody battle for his nephew, Karl, into thinking he was born from nobility and tried the case in a court for noblemen.

He later let it slip that he wasn't nobly born and the case was transferred.

Taxi? (0, Redundant)

demigod (20497) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495090)

14 patients?

Was that a taxi or a clown car?

Re:Taxi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495216)

I took a taxi once in Tsingdao and it was what we'd here in the states call a bus. You just got to tell the bus where you wanted to go. Mass transit hasn't reached this level of critical mass anywhere else in the world that I'm aware of.

Escape Game (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495128)

Cool...a real life escape game!

video games are an escape from reality (5, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495264)

and considering the reality of china, where the state treats everyone like a slave, i can understand why so many in china would be addicted to video games. i would be too if i lived in china

there exists in china the lives of the rich in the coastal cities, who are able to afford some degree of freedom

but for the rest of the country, the majority, you have some sort of nightmare where the worst excesses of communist authoritarianism combine with completely unbridled capitalist rapaciousness, to produce a distinctly modern chinese breed of hell on earth for the poor in china. the state has no problem abusing you and propagandizing you, and the corporations have no problem working you like a mule, and will bribe the corrupt state authorities to get away with it

it really is not surprising that some workers are committing suicide in flocks:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-08/foxconn-says-personal-issues-not-wages-led-workers-to-suicide.html [businessweek.com]

modern china is a brutal corporatist authoritarian nightmare, the worst of communism and capitalism, mushed together as a hybrid schizophrenic hell

Re:video games are an escape from reality (2, Insightful)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495540)

modern china is a brutal corporatist authoritarian nightmare, the worst of communism and capitalism, mushed together as a hybrid schizophrenic hell

Somewhat verbose. Modern China is joining the industrial revolution [wikipedia.org] , just a couple of hundred years late to the party. It's not like what's happening there is unprecedented.

oh really? (2, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495684)

did Victorian England have legions of party workers censoring every little post on internet forums and tracking those who were too uppity? did Victorian England have absolute authority and control over the media?

the industrial revolution gave birth to communism and capitalism in its modern forms. China has adopted the modern forms of communism and capitalism, and then went through the industrial revolution. Combine that with a throughly Chinese obsession with learned bureaucratic efficiency (it's not hard to understand the derivation of the term "mandarin": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin_(bureaucrat)) [wikipedia.org] , and the absolute power wielded by the grumpy old technocrats in Beijing, and you have the makings of a slave state unlike any that has existed in the history of the world.

China is special, and not in a good way. It takes the worst excesses of Communist and Capitalist philosophies to derive a brutal machine of production. Which is fine if you are rich and live in Shanghai. Not so good if you are a poor slave, which is what the majority of Chinese are becoming. Denied the right to express themselves or speak openly, denied a justice system which has their best interests in mind, and ruled over by alternately corrupt local bosses and ideologues concerned about building a modern colossus, regardless of the human and environmental costs, and you have the life of the modern Chinese slave.

Its not pretty and the machine is growing in power every day. Worry about that. China needs human rights, or soon we won't have human rights.

A movie, please. (1)

ElusiveJoe (1716808) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495278)

I think a great movie could be made out of it. Starting with the depiction of a hard urban life of the Chinese youth, showing constraining traditionalism and society oppression. Then escaping from this life to the fantasy on-line world, and as a result, personal degradation (lack of sleep and nutrition, locking themselves in, moving away from relatives and society). Then arrest scene and life in camp. Reestablishing social bindings with other prisoners through uniting against guards and camp administration. Meeting persons, you only communicated with in MMORPG. A famous WoW 'celebrity' appears as a bony autistic teenager, who got beaten by his father. First love with a WoW-addicted girl. Secret brainstorming of an escape plan. The escape, as a first step towards adultery and freedom. The new life.

Ah, sweet nerd dreams...

Re:A movie, please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495406)

The escape, as a first step towards adultery and freedom.

I guess your protagonist really hits it off with the WoW-addicted girl then, huh?

Additiction?? (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495326)

Where is the next story Im starting to get the seizures!!!

Really.... (1)

hesaigo999ca (786966) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495332)

Am i missing something here?
I may be off topic, but is not the whole point of this to get them OFF the internet...
you would think after treatment, just stay off the internet, then you get out, no?
If the treatment is for 1 month, bide your time, then leave for good behavior then
almost become like a secret agent, using the internet only when you really need to...at a friends house etc...
not to alarm your parents....I think it is more about disciplinary action...i do feel badly for the kids though if there
is abuse going on...if they are given a fair chance though to not use the internet and then they will be cured (per se)
then I guess it is their own fault, no?

Re:Really.... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495742)

The problem is, would you willingly "bide your time" when you are being tortured? People have DIED in these 'camps'. Mind you, that's not died as in fell down the stairs or choked on a biscuit, that's died as in WAS KILLED BY THE SO CALLED TREATMENT!

This isn't fat camp, it's torture till conformity, then torture until there's no more money coming in for 'treatment'.
This isn't humane, and would be illegal in most of the world. It might even be illegal in China, but if you pay off the right people and make it sound like it's for a good nationalistic cause, you can get away with murder, literally.

Honestly, I'd love to visit China, but please note the key word visit. They have some absolutely amazing landscape.

Prevention.... in Chinese? (1)

dragisha (788) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495372)

"Treatment centres came under scrutiny last year, after a 15 year old boy was admitted to a training camp and was beaten to death mere hours later. Boot camp instructors involved in that incident have now been sentenced to up to 10 years jail, but it is not known if anything else has really changed to prevent it from happening again."

Of course it's not enough, they're Chinese... 10 yrs in prison sounds good enough deterrent to me, but obviously not to FA author...

The Great Escape (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495572)

... the story omits that they were immediately and summarily executed upon recapture. For the good of society, of course.

Oh boy (1)

NetNed (955141) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495590)

Now mothers across the US not only have the "Starving kids in China" analogy in their arsenal, but now they have "Kids are escaping detention centers in China for internet 1/10 as fast as yours!!!"

Chinese Internet Addiction Boot Camp Prison Break (1)

Djoulihen (1805868) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495596)

Is that the name of a new TV show ?

14 patients...hailed a taxi (1)

axl917 (1542205) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495612)

That was one hell of a big taxi.

Yellow Cab (1)

PatPending (953482) | more than 4 years ago | (#32495722)

Now that's a yellow cab!

From the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495730)

Thirteen of the boys were taken straight back to the Treatment Centre, with one mother in tears at the police station as she explained her son had once spent 28 hours straight playing videogames.

Pft. 28 hours only? [slashdot.org] Amateur.

Crime ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495744)

Who the hell added "crime" as a tag ?
And why is "internet use" even considered as something that needs to be cured ?
Will book reading be next ?

It is not an 'Addiction' Camp (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32495762)

That title is a front. It is a camp for political dissadents. It is one tool of many for rounding people up. There is nothing funny about this. US should look to it's own 'No Fly' list if it wants to see the future. Oops.. guess I have to post Anonymous now..

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