Press Review: Sing it Often

Is it  just my impression that the Chinese internet – in terms of news coverage – has become more boring in recent days? If this observation should be correct, it wouldn’t be surprising. After all, spontaneous editorials are hardly the order of the day now.

Hu Jintao sings Mo Li Hua with Confucius Institute students in Kenya, 2006

Hu Jintao sings Mo Li Hua with Confucius Institute students in Kenya, 2006 (click on this picture for video)

Except for the share of Chinese media that speak to foreigners, and to the comparatively, maybe, upper-class Chinese people who read English and regularly access the internet. If Li Hongmei‘s (People’s Daily English) assertion that

in light of the reality that the majority of the Chinese netizens are under educated and under paid, how much they can represent the Chinese “public opinions” must be highly dubious

goes down well with Chinese readers will frequently depend on where they count themselves in. Li writes:

If people fail to make a sound decision based on the cool-headed judgment and, lack the ability to sort out truth from all the confusion online, they could blindly follow a disastrous trend, ending up with hope dimmed and life goal smashed.

No one can be fully sure about what change can arise and what direction the unfolded technology worship will point to, she adds.

And why would any sane mind want to be a prophet? I can’t remember  party publications condemning technology worship before, but then, language, like everything, is constantly in flux.

Either way, Li reserves the biggest insult for the people of Egypt:

Most of the Egyptians, in actuality, have no idea about what it should be like after Mubarak, nor can they imagine any change to be ushered in their banal life by ousting him.

The Chinese-language Chinese internet isn’t only more boring, but reportedly also slower than usual, Adam Cathcart quotes from Tom Lasseter‘s feed.

Huanqiu Shibao quotes from Gaddafi’s speech of Tuesday night, but – as is in line with the list of sensitive words in the news -, a reference by Gaddafi to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre which had shown that repression was sometimes essential is left out.

Asahi Shimbun reports that a

Video of Chinese President Hu Jintao singing the folk song “Molihua” (Jasmine flowers) on a 2006 visit to Kenya has been removed from state-run media websites, apparently the result of a block on searches for “jasmine.”

Adam Cathcart, amid the bad news from Libya, kept an eye on China and developments there, and JR stole most of his links with this post. Many thanks, Adam.

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