Web Junkie

Web Junkie

Streaming Video - 2014
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Web Junkie (directed by Hilla Medalia and Shosh Shlam) takes audiences inside a Beijing treatment center and explores the cases of three teenagers who suffer from this 21-century disorder. The program admits children between the ages of 13 and 18, and forces them to undergo military-inspired physical training and comply with monitored sleep and food standards. Despite such conditions, parents voluntarily send their children to the treatment center and relinquish personal involvement. But as these young teens struggle with online withdrawal and a controversial treatment, questions about the nature of addiction, emotional attachments and cure come to the fore. Ultimately, Web Junkie provides a microcosm of modern Chinese life and takes a hard look at one of the symptoms of the so-called Internet age.
Publisher: [United States] : Alive Mind Cinema : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 75 min.)) : sd., col.
Restrictions on Access: Digital content provided by hoopla.

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Jean-Pierre Lebel
Apr 04, 2016

It is an okay documentary, but not great. There isn't enough detailed information about the subject of web/gaming addiction to be a useful source of information. Likewise the human side of the documentary doesn't really give enough of a look at the struggling young men to be very emotionally engaging. As an absolute starting point on the subject of gaming addiction this might be of interest, otherwise I'd suggest looking at some books or periodicals.

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