Another look at bloggers in China

Philip Pan has done it again, offering us a mammoth overview of blogging in China and the obstacles popular bloggers face, including obstacles put up by US internet companies. It looks in detail at the story of how Anti’s blog was deleted by Microsoft, and other alleged sins committed by Bill Gates’ juggernaut as it sought to capture the world’s most coveted market. You won’t feel very warm and fuzzy toward MS after reading Pan’s article. Perhaps most interesting is the reaction Pan describes of some Chinese bloggers who gushed vitriol over Anti’s pleas for openness and freedom, branding him as a traitor and the greatest threat to China’s future. I’m sure these same angry bloggers were in the front lines of the marches last April attacking all things Japanese.

This is a true must-read article and one you’ll want to keep on hand for reference.

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