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This post was edited by adolphus at 2012-6-1 18:19|
wowzers Post time: 2012-6-1 15:56
Of course you'd be somewhere down below those two groups. If you had lived here for some time then ...
An excellent comment on this topic, and it is a fact that many Chinese are indeed woefully ignorant when it comes to the politics and administration of China, and probably even more so when it comes to the outside world. In addition, it is very true that there are many censored media in China as you correctly mention, and the events of 89 are not common knowledge or even available to those in China and these former points are indisputable. At this juncture I would ask however are the Chinese masses even interested and how different are they to those peoples that inhabit the USA? For example, the description of the Chinese being woefully ignorant of politics and world affairs can also be applied to many places, and especially I feel the USA. Tell them that George Bush lied about WMD or that Pearl Harbour was avoidable and you will not see riots or crowds in the street seeking to dislodge the government, and you can use this same equation for many other purported scenarios in the US, and especially the need for perpetual war. As the US economy shrinks do US citizens blame the cost of policing the world as the basis for their penury, or do they blame Wall Street for stripping the profits from society and shipping their jobs across the world? It seems that they follow the tendentious views majored in their media and take their discontent in that direction. Therefore, there is no real surprise there as we know that media has the ability to formulate public opinion at will. A good example of this was the Vietnam War where the American public became aware of the terrible acts carried out in their name. Then compare that to Iraq and Afghanistan where the news from these theatres is cosmetically applied to avoid another Vietnam and therefore represent a form of mass media censorship right across the American spectrum to suit the establishment.
Furthermore, it is normal in the West to keep some things locked and secret for 25 years. When some of these famous exposés are made available the western citizen may just express slight exclamation and discuss a little, but it causes very little reaction in real life and this time period is maybe a way to direct it out from the involved generation to the next who are not personalized with the original actors. Finally that leads me to close this up with the idea that if Tankman were placed on the front page of a Chinese paper would that actually lead to unrest some 23 years on? I think that the answer to that if we go back to the original thought is that most Chinese would shrug their shoulders and move along, however there are active elements of the American establishment which continually try and undermine the Chinese Government and it would be those such as NED that would foist a banner for change based on something which happened a generation ago. These factions would not give the actual events as they happened and were recorded by reliable sources, they would use the ‘made-for-Hollywood’ version and therefore in their own very act of media vandalism would seek to ratchet up spurious tales to suit. In other words the same media that cover up and suppress the bad news in the US, as with the war action reality, would take it on themselves to cause wider actions in China. This probable situation would do little for Chinese society other than make them aware of a long past incident and it would not necessarily be a positive move for the Chinese as a whole. As a summation I would say that if the western media and its actions were more professional and independent from US foreign policy, then the need to censor so much in China would maybe less and more in line with the amount of censorship already in the west.