GIVE NORTH KOREA A BREAK? IT’S JUST A TABLET?
Because of North Korea’s intense web censorship, the tablet has no way of connecting to the internet — relying instead on the country’s state-controlled intranet, which has proved sparse and difficult to access for many reviewers. – Russel Brandon, The Verge
TURNING THE PAGE ON NORTH KOREAN TECHNOLOGY
Russel Brandom (The Verge) reports on a new tablet from North Korea.
It’s not all praise. He says the country has a “crushingly oppressive government and comically inept space program”. But he says their new tablet is surprisingly good. It “mostly works” and it doesn’t lag that much playing Angry Birds.
Hair stands up on the back of my neck.
I tried to imagine how a review of a (completely fictional) tablet built in a Nazi death camp might have read. I took a stab at writing one to make my point.
It seemed tasteless. So I let it be.
Russel Brandom gets points. He’s trying to find interesting stuff where nobody else is looking. But this is too creepy. Who uses tablets in North Korea? A teeny tiny part of the whole population. They’re the bad guys. The regular people don’t know tablets exist.
Not even the ones who aren’t in a prison colony because a distant relative didn’t suck up enough.
The review says “In a distinctively North Korean touch, the tablet also contains an analog TV receiver and comes pre-loaded with a stock of revolutionary literature, which one reviewer speculated could make it very useful as a research tool. Still, there are drawbacks. The tablet has no way of connecting to the internet — relying instead on the country’s state-controlled intranet, which has proved sparse and difficult to access for many reviewers ”
I bet it has.
BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT
Hard to be sure. Russel Brandon might have written with tongue in cheek. Sometimes you try to be funny and nobody gets it.
I’ve screwed that pooch a few times myself.
For this review? ScienceAintSoBadRating = 0 . Enough with North Korea. Let’s get back to Samsung, okay?
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The drawing is mine.