A comfortable reality that is full of contradictions


Angry Birds, Candy Crush and Puzzle Bobble - or at least adapted versions of these popular games worldwide - are what the North Korean elite play on their smartphones to while away time.

They have easy access to Chinese drama serials - dubbed into Korean - which they stream through the Intranet via a mobile app that looks to be the North's answer to Netflix.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 01, 2018, with the headline 'A comfortable reality that is full of contradictions Commentary'. Subscribe