This blogger examines the new media/Internet restrictions and gets it right.
So the point of this new policy is not to try to resuscitate the AOL model and create the world’s largest moderated chatroom, with Sohu and Yahoo dutifully pulling at the oars–though that’s going on too.
What we have here is the capitalism-with-Chinese-characteristics side of the manufacturing consent equation.
The Chinese government wants to create nice, meek, risk averse Internet news businesses that will be protected from competition from lively, popular blogs and websites.
Sounds like they want the Internet to emulate CCTV, which causes even the little insects on the wall to tuck in their wings and go to sleep.
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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.