Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chinese Internet practices leads to massive self-censorship

Bao Pu has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today about self-censorship of Chinese authors and writers, “Tiananmen and the Chinese Way of Censorship”, link here .  Books are reviewed by “professionals” who censor content that conflicts with official statist “Communist” ideology, in this “Peoples Republic of Capitalism” (Ted Koppel’s series a few years back).  Pu is a book publisher in Hong Kong, observing the mainland.
The practice is typical of a “top-down” authoritarian state, where it believes that stability demands disciplining the self-expression of ordinary people.  Putin’s Russia seems to be very like this.
What’s still unclear as how they really regulate their own social media, even though have been a number of high-profile cases of bloggers being jailed. Note the Weiwei films (label on my Movies blog) and “High Tech, Low Life” at Tribeca (April 26, 2012).
Late last year, I got some emails from a company in China inviting me to register my “doaskdotell” domain name in China.  Did they understand what I do?  Did they want to stimulate dissent?
What would happen now if I traveled to China?
The video “a song of praise of Chinese censorship” is sung by zombies.

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