How To Be Censored By China Online

from the mention-tibet-and-taiwan dept

Apparently the easiest way to have your website censored by China is to mention Tibert or Taiwan. Those sites are among the most frequently blocked, according to a new study. When they were done blocking all of those sites, they moved on to sites about health, education, news, entertainment, religion and pornography.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “How To Be Censored By China Online”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment
dorpus says:

Censorship is Good

Our internet is not completely free either — we have laws against slander, libel, defamation, misrepresentation, advocating violent overthrow of the government.

Realistically speaking, China has a billion people, many of them selfish. If they were given free rein to make whatever irresponsible statements they wanted, the effects on society could be disastrous. There are individuals who call themselves “pro-democracy dissidents”, but at least some of them are irresponsible demagogues seeking to create their personal empire. The leader of Falun Gong does not strike me as a great democractic statesman; if allowed, he’d just as soon become the Ayatolla Khomeini of China. Most of the “pro-democracy demonstrators” at Tiananmen were opposed to capitalism; what triggered the demonstration was the lifting of price controls to market values. They figured correctly that building a papier-mache of the statue of liberty would get them positive attention from Western media. Most of the demostrator kids were sons and daughters of high-level party officials, having grown up on chauffered limos and personal swimming pools. They were really advocating a higher level of socialism, free of petty corruption. The demonstration would have faded out peacefully, were it not for some bad apples that began trashing public monuments.

Westerners harbor a fantasy that the only political repression that happens in China is against religious and ethnic minorities. In fact, ethnic minorities are allowed to have as many children as they want (unlike the majority Han) and are judged on lower academic standards for college admission. “Christians” are typically middle class Chinese from cities whose real intent is learning English. In fact, the worst repression in China is the “Kou” system, a kind of apartheid system that separates rural peasants from city dwellers.

How much do Westerners really care about impoverished rural Chinese, who are not Christian, kill female infants, are not concerned with abstract concepts of freedom or democracy? To them, “freedom” would be an excuse to sell even more babies, traffic drugs, spread AIDS.

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...