China Plans To Purify, Not 'Censor,' The Internet

from the one-way-to-do-things dept

Despite tons of evidence that China censors the internet with a huge bureaucracy of folks watching out over the internet, country officials still insist that no censorship takes place. Technically, they might be accurate, because while they don't specifically ban sites, they threaten ISPs that don't ban anything "bad" (without clearly defining what "bad" is) and then let the ISPs act as censors for them. The latest, though, is that China's Communist Party Chief is saying that the country needs to "purify" the internet, which apparently is different than censorship. Hu Jintao is apparently upset that the large and rapidly growing Chinese internet population is "often more interested in salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal than Marxist lessons." If purifying the internet means filling it with Marxist lessons and getting rid of salacious pictures, bloodthirsty games and political scandal, he's got quite a challenge ahead of him.

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  1. identicon
    misanthropic humanist, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 4:11pm

    censorship is censorship

    We have private companies doing the censoring, they have a more organised command and control structure. I fail to see the difference.

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    Jatopian, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 4:17pm

    Why purify that?

    What's wrong with the Chinese viewing salacious pictures? They'll soon have a massive excess of males, and legal porn is far better than sex crime. And bloodthirsty games are an outlet for frustration that the leadership will surely inspire.
    These questions are rhetorical, of course. It's common knowledge that the Chinese leadership is fucknuts.

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    Sohrab, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 7:54pm

    damn and I thought The Internet was for Porn

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:04pm

    What I suggest, since the usa likes blowing things up anyways, is that 2 million cruise missiles are sent to all Chinese government facilities and government official homes. Do it sneakily though and get ready to emp some nukes/planes carrying nukes. That would take care of that hole china government issue. Might as well take out Korea too though, never know they might use it as an excuse to nuke up the us of a. The only reason that would be bad is there would be a lot of riots and Canada might get a lot of the fall out. The plan is ready, guess somebody just needs to convince Bush, I'm sure all it'd take is a little bush he seems pretty easily amused after all.

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    ipanema, Jan 24th, 2007 @ 9:59pm

    Ha! Time to review the red book again! Move over porn!

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    Louis, Jan 25th, 2007 @ 3:59am


    I always get Karl Marx confused with one of the three stooges. I believe the problem with China is that not enough people are toking the herb there. If more were people were toking they┬┤d chill and appreciate the humour of Karl Rove I mean Karl Marx.

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 2nd, 2007 @ 4:34pm

    Re: Why purify that?


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  8. identicon
    Kazi, Jun 6th, 2007 @ 10:58pm

    tooking china Lingoes

    Speak china Lingoes

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