"Social networking sites, given that their function is to search and connect with friends and contacts, by their very nature require one to register their real name. Chinese netizens nontheless lump this together with the real name system, and all the neg
"Beijing’s reluctance to engage in open debate — and its reflexive prickliness in response to even mild forms of foreign criticism — augers poorly for its hope to win friends and influence people in the wider world."
"The virtual police may be Orwellian, but the fact that they cannot stop the spread of river crab images and related protesting messages marks the beginning of the end of the Communist Party's ideological and propaganda control over Chinese society."
Hong Kong blogger Roland Soong is keeping an eye on our New Media Workshop class. He brings us a collection of "translations from the blog of a former political insider" related to District Council elections and politics. Thanks Roland!! :)
"It’s not that “content wants to be free” — it’s that Internet access ISN’T free, and now that distribution and content have been unbundled, people are reluctant to pay TWICE — once for distribution (i.e. internet access) and again for conte