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'. Print Edition | Subscribe