online battle

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 March, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 What is the name of the online movie which has millions of followers?

a. Avatar

b. Confucius

c. World of Warcraft

d. War of Internet Addiction

2 A 'machinima' is ...

a. a song made using the graphics engine of an existing game

b. a film made using the graphics engine of an existing game

c. a character based on an existing game

d. a film that uses machines in the story

3 What frustrated the fans of World of Warcraft?

a. the government denied their access to the game

b. the government required some graphics in the game to be altered

c. The War of Internet Addiction has become more popular

d. The War of Internet Addiction has infringed its copyright

4 What is the key message of the online movie?

a. the dispute between the government and internet users continues

b. mainland gamers could make a low-budget movie, like Corndog

c. mainland gamers should stand up for their rights

d. internet censorship is inevitable in many countries, including China

5 How much money was spent making the online movie?

a. zero

b. the cost of the electricity bills for computer use

c. the cost of the rent Corndog had to pay for three months

d. the same amount that was required to make Confucius

Think about

1 What kind of social changes has World of Warcraft had on mainland society?

2 Should the government try to control it further?

3 What sort of dangers might it pose to the government?

4 Why do you think people were willing to work for free on the movie?

5 How can the movie be used to seek social change on the mainland?

Follow-up activities

1 In groups, research online to find out more about censorship policies in Hong Kong and report back to the class.

2 Draw a satirical cartoon to reflect an issue in which the Hong Kong government or a government official was criticised by citizens.

3 Find a news story which focuses on internet censorship by the central government. Present the story with your views on the issue.


February 25

Reading comprehension: 1. a, 2. d, 3. b, 4. b, 5. c