Thursday, April 5, 2012
China: Pay for Positive News
I am not surprised. This is reprinted from the NYT and so naturally it is an ang moh perspective. If you were Chinese, the mainstream media is for looking good and for real news in some pockets here and there where nobody has any money and often because the Party tells you to announce them, again not the truth but the the Party "correct view of history".
Yes, if you want to look good, of course you have to pay for it. That's China. Anathema to the western mind, but in Chinese society, the real news is circulated well enough if you belong to the right circles where the deals are cut and done.
A very different world if China ever becomes the Tiger on the hill. The rules would be completely different, so radical that it cannot be contemplated ever. A dark age, a poorer world. The Romulans have taken over. The ranks of the impoverished will swell as freedom and enterprise is "curtailed"
Well, the Chinese prematurely confident that they can put aside Deng's dictum of a quiet rise (yesterday's papers) may end up shooting themselves in the foot. Also they have always needed the Xiongnu to bring out the better part of themselves isn't it? Ah, a controversial thesis. Thinking in counterfactuals is always difficult and unappreciated.
Posted by PengYou at 5:44 PM