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After realizing I meet China’s official criteria for Internet addiction, I’m trying to resist the urge to stay online and look for things to blog about. This post, however, jumped out at me. It’s short but pregnant with examples of China’s sloppy, propagandistic unique approach to journalism. And it’s funny, too.

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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.

The Discussion: 16 Comments

Priceless. Maybe one day they’ll be marking the anniversary of the death of Hu Jia.

November 12, 2008 @ 9:37 am | Comment

“Symptoms of addiction included yearning to get back online, mental or physical distress, irritation and difficulty concentrating or sleeping.”

Except for the “yearning to get back online” (depending upon what one means by “online”), the other “symptoms” are symptoms of life.

November 12, 2008 @ 12:22 pm | Comment

Well, if Chinese kids are seemingly all addicted to the Internet and video games, then can’t we just get a bunch of violent, jaded Chinese kids (very cheap labor) to fly drones in Iraq and Afghanistan?

http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=12581

November 12, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Comment

Thanks so much for your ideas, Buck!

Now I start to think that it might worth coming back to read this greasy and sticky blog.

November 12, 2008 @ 2:59 pm | Comment

@ePooPoo
” coming back to read this greasy and sticky blog”
I understand your disappointment. I agree with you in one point. Maybe there is too much focus in this blog to the negative side in China. At least for pro-China visitors.

May I recommend you foolsmountain blog. I think it will match better with your mindset. More pro-china but not too extreme.

Not sure if it will be “pro” enough for you, but I think I would be a less masochistic experience for you than reading this one.

Anyway, whenever you feel the urge for some masochistic experience, I do not mind to see you around.

Cheers

November 12, 2008 @ 4:13 pm | Comment

Buck: Except for the “yearning to get back online” (depending upon what one means by “online”), the other “symptoms” are symptoms of life.

That was the entire point of his post.

November 12, 2008 @ 4:49 pm | Comment

Kinda nice to get away from the monitor for a while. However, I do find that some of the symptoms persist. For example, I seem to get irritated when idiots wander in front of me on the bike, honk their car horns in my ear, stop at the top of escalators to discuss their opinions and plans, or dive into me when the elevator opens. I also have trouble concentrating on Hu and Wen’s longer speeches. Must be a pretty serious malady!

November 12, 2008 @ 5:18 pm | Comment

Due to my Internet addiction, I was just browsing the English website of a Chinese law firm in China. One of the partners claims to have considerable experience in the areas of “air conditioning” and “human conditioning”. I have no f..ck’n idea what that means!

November 12, 2008 @ 9:45 pm | Comment

Due to my Internet addiction, I’m totally bored right now… The net is too quiet. Not much worlwide drama today.

Well, I guess it’s a good thing…

Or maybe it’s the calm before the storm?

November 12, 2008 @ 10:45 pm | Comment

Due to my Internet addiction, I came upon this “nugget”:

“Proficiency in a hard target language such as Arabic, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Urdu, Farsi, Dari, Vietnamese, or Pashto is highly desirable, but not mandatory.”

Why is it that “they” always refer to Chinese people as a “hard target”?

What do the Chinese call us? “soft targets”? “Soft, mushy, marshmellow targets”?

November 13, 2008 @ 9:59 am | Comment

What does it mean when an American woman says that a Chinese man is a “hard target”?

You know what they say: a hard man is good to find!

November 13, 2008 @ 11:03 am | Comment

LOL. “hard target language” I think they mean HARD….TARGET LANGUAGE.

Michael

November 13, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | Comment

Why is France a Hard-Target?

Hard-Target Country: a country where spying is more difficult, for example China, Russia, Iran, North Korea and France

http://www.geocities.com/operations_directorate_imf/Glossary.html

November 13, 2008 @ 4:43 pm | Comment

Here’s some more of that creative lingo that “they” use.

Legend: a false identity created for an agent, sometimes that of a real person

Isn’t this what is commonly refered to as a “split personality disorder”?

Don’t you think that it’s inherently dangerous to create institutions basically dedicated to a false reality, and then go out of your way to create walls between “your people” and the people of the “hard target”?
It appears that be doing this one is largely institutionalizing dellusion.

November 14, 2008 @ 10:02 am | Comment

I invite you all to google ‘Richard Peking Duck.’ You will find out that he is an ass-bandit. He was overheard in a Beijing restaurant during the Olympics talking about how he wanted to tongue out Obamas black asshole and lick his big mulatto dick. Disgusting.
John

November 15, 2008 @ 1:51 pm | Comment

Caw caw caw…

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122670920936930089.html

It’s time now to buy canned food and a land… ;)

November 15, 2008 @ 10:42 pm | Comment

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