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Is the monkey APP deleted?

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There are more than 10 alternatives to monkey for a variety of platforms, including online/web-based, android devices, iphones and ipads. The best alternative is omegle which has the benefit of being free. Other great apps like monkey are chatroulette (which requires payment), meowchat (requiring payment) and chathub (free).

Yes, it is. Who deleted it? An artist named Liao Yimei installed a public artwork in the APP’s office and used this opportunity to give the APP an artistic lesson which has made the monkey finally delete his APP from all mobile phones!

Beware of dog? Beware of dog!

This artwork was set up in front of an art hall on Tiyu Street in Beijing with similar name as Xishiku, a famous art district. The installation had two parts labeled: one part was locked and no one could go inside; another part was open for everybody to enter. When you entered into the first part, there were some “beware of dog” signs and all kinds of exquisite pieces that caused you to feel that you were standing in the APP’s office. In other words, Liao Yimei wanted people to realize that the APP is full of tainted and dirty money and whatever thing there is could be contaminated with money! On the wall hung a big signboard which said: “Caution! This place is closed by an artist!” The first part was dominated by black color; it made people feel like they walked into a deepest hell. So this part of installation reminded us of how the ARTISTS are treated by some dark forces in our society!

Liao Yimei (right) and her art works [Click to enlarge]

The second part was flooded with sunshine; all the doors and windows were opened wide to let sunlight in. In addition, artists from all walks of life gathered to have an open discussion together and drink some wine. It was a very nice place where people could relax their hearts after facing those dark forces in the first part!

I admire Liao Yimei very much for she was brave enough to carry out this bold artistic action and at the same time, her art works were also very wonderful. I would like to congratulate her on such a successful public performance!

Note: I do not know how many people participated in this action; there is no information about it available on internet either! Somebody may ask me why? Yes, it is also an interesting question…

There is only this article on the official website of the artist:

“The public performance held in Xishiku, Beijing was trying to give an artistic lesson to Shanda Interactive. Liao Yimei found that Shanda’s mobile phone APP had been misused by its users; she intended to fight against this kind of negative attitude and behavior through her artworks. Not only throwing down a monkey with money but also selling out one’s soul… Unfortunately, there are many artists like those who are passively watched by others’ shadows in today’s society. The current society needs more and more brave souls as well as real artists!”

Liao Yimei  http://wytm8.com/m-93972507449567/weibo.com/1592307573

Now, I would like to tell you something about this monkey APP’s case which made Liao Yimei publicly do such a bold artistic action! Here is the official report by our China Cartoon: http://china-cartoon.blogspot.jp/2013_04_23_archive.html

The case was as follows: One young man named Ma Dexin in Xi’an (capital city of Shaanxi) was an architect; he also liked drawing cartoons and comics because he admired Chinese traditional culture very much. So he had designed his own mobile phone APP called 《Monkey》 (it means “the Monkey King” in English). The APP itself did not have the picture of monkey but its name featured a monkey. So the APP had been well received by many youngsters who liked comics and animations!

However, when this APP became popular on the internet, an old artist named Fan Changjiang, born in 1971, took it as an opportunity to sue Ma Dexin for the following reasons: 1) There was a famous character called Monkey (namely “Journey To The West”) written by Wu Cheng’en which is based on real historical events; 2) This world-famous legend has been adapted into TV series, cartoons and so on… Therefore, if you use such English words as “Monkey” or photos of monkeys to make profits without the permission from its copyright owner; 3) You are suspected of infringing on the copyright law and blackening our country’s reputation…

It should be noted that Ma Dexin was not a multi-millionaire, he earned only about $9,000 from his APP! On the other hand, Fan Changjiang was once called “the most popular cartoonist in China” by Chinese media. So it was said that Fan Changjiang had made a lot of money from his cartoons; moreover, he had some connection with Shanda Interactive which developed this Monkey APP! It is unknown whether Fan Changjiang complied with Liao Yimei’s action or not because there is no information about him available on internet nowadays…

After reading all those materials above carefully, I would like to offer my opinions as a sociologist:

1. It is true that Wu Cheng’en had created a splendid novel-Journey To The West which was based on historical events concerning the spread of Buddhism in China in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). This novel has indeed been popular among Chinese for more than 400 years… However, it’s said that this legendary story occurred many centuries ago. So why do we need to attach such importance to it now? Moreover, just because there are many reincarnations of Monkey still exist nowadays; they have nothing to do with the protagonist of Journey To The West!

2. Who says that Fan Changjiang and his friends are good guys? For example There is a quite famous cartoon character called “Ruffles the Clown” which was created by a Canadian named John T. McCutcheon in the 1900s… In 1952, an American film company had made a famous cartoon series based on this character who was called “Ruff and Reddy”. It is said that over time more than 200 million viewers across the world admired this cartoon TV series! Later on, other media such as newspapers, magazines and so on had also reported about it; therefore there were many people know about Ruffles’s existence now… Therefore it could be inferred from above facts that this cartoon character has already become a part of our culture!

In fact, if we want to define what’s cultural relic (more or less), we should note the following: 1) The one who founds it (or created by him/her); 2) The one who inherited it; 3) and the one who has improved on it. However, I think Fan Changjiang does not belong to any of them! Moreover, according to my observation, Fan Changjiang’s artistic skills are not that excellent either… Therefore I think he just wants to get more popularity from this kind of action—blackening the reputation of others in a hired way!

3. If we suppose Ma Dexin was always making profits from his APP without giving any notice to Monkey copyright owners (let’s take Fan Changjiang for example), then what is wrong with the following situations? In 1912, an American cartoonist named Winsor McCay made a brilliant cartoon series named “Little Nemo in Slumberland” which was based on the dreams of a little boy. And this cartoon series had become a cultural relic of American people long time ago… Of course, since 2003 there have already been more than 20 animated versions of Little Nemo. At that time, I believe some media like Disney could make an agreement with Winsor McCay for further development and adaptation; it is rare nowadays if not impossible for any copyright owners to sue others openly! Moreover, there are many other interesting stories about Mickey Mouse which should be introduced in another post.

4. If we suppose Ma Dexin only copied Fan Changjiang’s photos/characters (the part under the title “Namely ‘Journey To The West’ Characters”) in order to make his APP look more beautiful, then I think he purposely borrowed some elements from Fan Changjiang’s cartoon works. If so, Ma Dexin is not entirely a bad guy! It is said that the Monkey character (more or less) created by Fan Changjiang and Kuaile-bao company was obstructed in its development before… In fact, the popularity and influence of any culture has never been decided by one person only; it should be supported by the general public firstly. And if my understanding of popular culture is correct, we have already seen quite a few cases like this which could be briefly mentioned as “Monkey King” somebody+something… For example, I have found two quite famous cases in our culture: Firstly, “Kongming” somebody+something (That’s a very old Chinese historical figure); Secondly, “Monkey King” somebody+something (That’s the protagonist of Journey To The West). In that case it shouldn’t be considered as a criminal act! As long as we can find any rich elements from the original works and add much more new contents into it; then I think there will be no problem at all…

5. If we suppose Ma Dexin had made an agreement with Fan Changjiang for further development and adaptation of the Monkey character, but he still didn’t provide any financial support to Fan Changjiang afterward; then he would obviously become a bad guy. But since Ma Dexin claimed that he had provided financial support to Fan Changjiang personally; then what should we consider as a fact? I would prefer the second option for sure! The reason is quite simple: We all know that it’s too shameful if there are any lawsuits because of having no money in this society. That might be the case for both sides… And even if Fan Changjiang really has incorporated Ma Dexin’s works into his books, and he won’t let him make any profits from his works anymore (let alone stopping providing financial support).

Is Monkey available on iPhone?

This download is no longer available because it may have been discontinued, having a security issue or for some other reason.

Is the monkey app safe?

Parental control apps are dangerous because they are unregulated and can lead to parents granting access to the wrong person.

What is the newest monkey?

One of the world’s rarest monkeys has been discovered in Myanmar and named Popa Langur. The endangered langurs live exclusively on Mount Popa and are found across south east Asia.

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