China smoothly positions new snitch site as “anti-pornography”

That new website the Chinese government is providing the people to rat out sites they don’t like — or sites run by people they want to get revenge on — is being carefully positioned as an anti-pornography site. In fact, parents all throughout the Mainland are breathing a sigh of relief, knowing their children will go to bed a little bit safer, a little more protected against the dangers of dirty pictures, thanks to the Great Cyber Nanny and her new scare-you-to-death informer site.

People, especially parents, generally applauded the opening of the website.

“It’s good for fostering a healthy environment for the growth of our kids,” said a netizen.

(Great journalism, too.)

Of course, we all know better. This is the kind of informer system that would make Chairman Mao or Comrade Beria or Secretary Ashcroft or Heinrich Himmler proud. It’s a huge step backward for freedom of expression in China, making just about anyone prone to accusations of posting “unhealthy” material. Whatever that is.

The Discussion: 5 Comments

Mao, Beria, Himmler and . . . Ashcroft?!?

Good Lord.

That’s like my comparing Nero, Caligula, Rasputin and Clinton

June 14, 2004 @ 9:16 pm | Comment

I was being a bit tongue in cheek — but just a bit.

June 14, 2004 @ 9:43 pm | Comment

Asia by blog

The hypertext hyperlink hyperdrive is set for another run around posts of interest in Asia. Important note: the last word of this post is breasts. Conrad shows us that maids get screwed by everyone, even their own country (he also talks about match-mak…

June 15, 2004 @ 1:16 am | Comment

Understood. Now, if Ashcroft were responsible for anything really depraved like, gee, I don’t know, 80 cult members being burned alive, I might agree with your post.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that.

June 15, 2004 @ 5:54 am | Comment

On the other hand, Ashcroft — like the senior leadership of the CCP — is renowned for his fear of boobies.

June 15, 2004 @ 6:18 am | Comment

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