March 31, 2012

Crackdown on blog commenting.

In China:
The moves are among the most dramatic censorship efforts undertaken by Beijing since the rise over the past two years of the popular microblogging services, known in China as weibo. They allow the fast dissemination of information, challenging the central government's traditional control of the media....

With the commenting services suspended, users may interact only by republishing others' posts and adding their own words. "Can I say a curse word? No? Then I've got nothing to say," quipped one user on Sina Weibo using the name Wiyu Chuzhi, apparently referencing a popular Chinese Internet joke about unhappiness over rising gasoline prices.
I wonder what all the catchphrases and running jokes and allusions are in China.

Can I say a curse word? No? Then I've got nothing to say.

12 comments:

shiloh said...

So Meade has something in common w/China.

Meade said...

shiloh said...
So Meade has something in common w/China.

That's a curse word, no? Shiloh, you have nothing to say.

Pogo said...

Tom Friedman gazes with desire and envy for the power of China's communist state:

"One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century.

Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.
"

As Obama is discovering, it's one thing to bost the cost of a gallon of gas, it's quite another remain beloved by the people when you do.

So you must blame others or shut them the hell up.

Obama has only the former to use, Friedman drools over China's use of the latter.

Oh well, at least the IRS still goes after state enemies like the the Tea Party.

rcommal said...

This piece (not behind a subscriber fire wall) also mentions some people were detained for allegedly spreading alleged rumors.

Different world, in deed.

I share the catchphrase curiosity, but, alas, am unlikely to ever have that satisfied on account of being pretty sure I'll go to my grave having not learned Chinese (of any flavor).

rcommal said...

I wonder, could Spike Lee have been detained for "fabricating or disseminating" online rumors under regulations such as this?

shiloh said...

"That's a curse word, no? Shiloh, you have nothing to say."

Actually, if I wanted to be derogatory would have used tagalong.

And have plenty to say, unfortunately you've deleted some of my best comments. The fine line between good faith and bad faith having more to do w/conservative/liberal points of view, rather than faith. Not everyone is happy to hear the truth.

But hey, no hard feelings!

edutcher said...

Coming to a federal republic near you if someone has the necessary "flexibility".

edutcher said...

shiloh said...

That's a curse word, no? Shiloh, you have nothing to say.

Actually, if I wanted to be derogatory would have used tagalong.


If bathtub swabbie means the lingua franca of the Philippines, it's Tagalog.

LarsPorsena said...

There is a power transition going on in China and the crackdown on blogs there is a consequence. There has been a 'demotion' of a rising political star that fueled speculation on blogs that the ruling elite wants squelched.

ndspinelli said...

Funny, Meade doesn't look Chinese.

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