Thursday, June 28, 2012

China's microbloggers make slow progress against censorship


You can go to a site called weibo, let Google Chrome translate to English, and see how microblogging in China works.  You have to be able to log in to see specific microblogs, which look more like entries in Facebook’s timeline than in Twitter. The link is this

Keith B. Richburg in Beijing has an article on p. A4 of the June 28 Washington Post, “China’s bloggers are taking risks and pushing for change, one click at a time” (online title), and subtitle “China’s microbloggers”.
Richburg discusses Wu Heng (zccw.info), who blogs about food safety; Wang Xiaoshan, who also blogs about food safety in the dairy area; Huanguoshan Zonshuji, whose censored blog talks about dressing like the new upper class, and Yu Jianrong, who tries to connect street children with parents.

My movies blog has an entry April 26, 2012 about a Chinese film “High Tech, Low Life” at Tribeca, about a similar blogger named Zola (and a couple others).

The link to the Post story is here.  

The story indicates that China’s censorship is erratic.  Why is an authoritarian government so afraid of “the little guy” being heard globally?  Is it just a matter of staying in power?  Partly, perhaps. But there is also a “Confucian” value system that seems to insist that you earn a place in your social culture before you are heard from, so others are cared for.  It may not make that much sense anymore.


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