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If you don't read this, you aren't Chinese!!!!

Popularity 13Viewed 18220 times 2016-4-15 18:57 |Personal category:foreign perspective|System category:Life| Chinese

If you don't share this, you aren't Chinese!

你不转你不是中国人

If you don't read this blog, China has failed!

如果你不读这篇博客中国失败了


By Sean Boyce 柏笑恩






Now that I have your attention....


So did you really fall for that? Did you really feel a need to read this due to you being Chinese and loving your country? Did you pass this on because you are Chinese? 你真的觉得如果你不专给别的人你不是中国人吗?你真的觉得别的人会觉得你不爱中国吗?不要那么傻!


Come on, don't be so silly. Stop acting like brainless sheep. 动脑子!

An online news piece claiming you are not Chinese if you don't share this. 



For those that don't get this, Here is a short explanation of what is happening. All over China, Chinese social media news companies are starting off their videos, blogs and anything else they post online with the title: "If you don't read this blog, China has failed" or the "if you don't share this you aren't Chinese" This mass marketing is extremely effective at getting people to read their blogs and yet it leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. 


Because it is using your identity to manipulate, please don't be so stupid to let you. 

And yet another, you can find these everywhere. 


These marketers do not care that you are Chinese, they only care about getting more views on their blog. That is all they care about. However they know you the consumer is gullible enough to fall for this tactic. 


Listen, no one can tell you what you are or are not. Do not fall for these advertising tactics. It makes you look like sheeple (sheep + people = sheeple, 意思是没有你自己的想法,总是跟着别的人). 你不要当sheeple.


So please, let this short blog be a lesson, don't fall for this rubbish. Not only because it is an awful way of advertising...but I am also tired of seeing my wechat moments (朋友圈) filled with this rubbish. 


But as an experiment, If you do share this please add this:

为了研究,,如果你分享这博客,请包括下面的字


“不转不是中国人“


let us have a little social experiment on China daily...Normally my blogs will get around 800-1000 views in around a week or two, but if we share this with the title "You arent Chinese if you dont share this" I promise I will get a ridiculous amount of views. 

一般我一俩周之内会有800-1000左右人来看我博客,如果你要参加这研究,请分享一下这博客,我们看一下这次我有多少人来看!!!

If you want to join in the fun...feel free to share 


Please feel free to join in the debate and leave comments below. If you wish to share this article please quote my name. 

请你们在下面写你们的想法。文明发表言论,转发注明出处





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Reply Report voice_cd 2016-4-15 20:50
we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-15 23:49
voice_cd: we have highlighted your blog.
Thank you!
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-4-16 08:16
guess they just want to advertise for their 'product' .but the way they use is not good ..
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-16 08:35
Dracarys: guess they just want to advertise for their 'product' .but the way they use is not good ..
Exactly, I understand the need to advertise, but I disagree when you start accusing people of not being Chinese if they don't do it. Its a cruel way of forcing people to pass on your website.
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-4-16 10:00
seanboyce88: Exactly, I understand the need to advertise, but I disagree when you start accusing people of not being Chinese if they don't do it. Its a cruel way o ...
there are a lot of people make fun of this kind of act on Internet ..
Reply Report seneca 2016-4-16 10:49
I fell for it. Now I know I am NOT Chinese...
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-16 11:59
Dracarys: there are a lot of people make fun of this kind of act on Internet ..
There are, and yet it works so well.

Take my blog for example, over 400 views in less than a day....

Its a shame that so many people are fooled by this.

So many mock it, and yet so many will still look. We call it "clickbait" in the west.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-16 12:02
seneca: I fell for it. Now I know I am NOT Chinese...
Hahaha.

It is interesting though, I posted this on my wechat and the amount of abuse I have gotten is hilarious. People saying things like "How dare you say I am not Chinese" , Which is interesting in itself, I see Chinese post this stuff all the time, these clickbait articles with my title at the top and no one cares. Yet one lao wai sends this, and they all lose their minds. I think it must be ok for a Chinese person to send such messages but not a foreigner. Only Chinese are fit to pass judgement on the identity of other Chinese apparently. I may do a blog later about some of the reactions I get from people who didn't even bother to open the article and just started sending me abuse.

It is however working very well....so many views in under a day, people mock it in China online and yet, it is surprisingly effective.
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-4-16 12:10
seanboyce88: There are, and yet it works so well.

Take my blog for example, over 400 views in less than a day....

Its a shame that so many people are fooled by  ...
there are less of them now ..
Reply Report seneca 2016-4-16 12:21
Even jaded me did not think Chinese to be so blatantly, narrow-mindedly nationalistic... I thought you would get a few jocular replies from Chinese.

Well, have you prepared your suitcase? They may run you out of China next...
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-4-16 21:37
I have been dropping by this blog since you posted to see reactions to what you wrote.
I'd love to see some of the messages left by posters who didn't bother to read it.

I have noticed that Chinese people are very sensitive to issues relating to national pride - more so than any other nationality I have worked with. Most others will laugh off and joke about anyone who uses this sort of clickbait message as an advertising ploy as appealing to the lowest common denominator.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-17 01:08
seneca: Even jaded me did not think Chinese to be so blatantly, narrow-mindedly nationalistic... I thought you would get a few jocular replies from Chinese.
...
haha I shall get on it soon
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-17 01:12
BlondeAmber: I have been dropping by this blog since you posted to see reactions to what you wrote.
I'd love to see some of the messages left by posters who didn't ...
So I had this one lady who said something along the lines of (loosely translated):
how dare you say I am not Chinese, my nationality is unchangeable and for you to suggest otherwise is upsetting

I then showed her where I agreed with her and told her to read the article before complaining.

And yet, the very same person has posted such articles herself....

It seems like as much as they are proud about their nationality, at the same time there exists a sense of insecurity about it also. Its a very bizarre situation. They are too proud of things they shouldn't be proud of...and too embarrassed of things they shouldn't be embarrassed off like chinese bad travellers.

I personally couldn't care less what other Scottish people do haha.
Reply Report AndrewCraven 2016-4-17 11:09 (Pending for approval)
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Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-17 12:48
So I have reached almost 800 in one and a half days....

Compared to 800 in one to two weeks which is my usual, you can see that people really for for this.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2016-4-17 13:01
Funny boy! Interesting! I am laughing.
Reply Report seanboyce88 2016-4-17 17:31
ampraxu123: Funny boy! Interesting! I am laughing.
Glad you enjoyed it!
Reply Report BlondeAmber 2016-4-17 18:43
seanboyce88: So I had this one lady who said something along the lines of (loosely translated):
how dare you say I am not Chinese, my nationality is unchangeable a ...
I'd be the same regarding my home country.
your previous post on nationalism and patriotism was revealing in the disparity between Chinese and non-Chinese on these issues.

Appealing to nationalism is considered laughable at best and the actions of desperation for those who need to distract people from more important things at the worst.
Reply Report Min1989 2016-5-9 17:13
Every time I read something like that, I normally get annoyed and then decide not to read it at all because my past experience has already taught me that more often than not, the result is disappointing. If people in my virtual circle of friends keep posting things like this, I just block them.
Reply Report SEARU 2016-5-30 19:00
The first man who invented the title is really clever!
Some saying goes like this: A good title is half success of your article!

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