The big ban theory: China’s censorship and sensibility

Alia | April 28th, 2014 - 12:20 am

The most unexpected impact is on social stability, as US TV shows provide the perfect distraction that keeps China’s urban middle class occupied, who, otherwise, would very willingly participate in political discussions online.

Chinese censor to Taiwan: Yes, we don’t have freedom of speech

Alia | February 20th, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Less than 24 hours after Sina Weibo verified that Frank Hsieh, former presidential nominee of Taiwan’s pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), opened an account, the account has already been deleted. Chinese netizens viewed the move as a major setback in re-unification efforts.

A real-life Black Mirror moment, How a joke evolved into news

Alia | April 14th, 2012 - 8:55 pm

The “fear of touch” quote regarding the censored nudity scenes in Titanic 3D, which was believed to be from a reliable news source at the time of writing the blog post, was verified as a joke by an offended Chinese netizen. Below is a letter from 豆瓣逗你妹, who originated the fake news, explaining how his joke evolved into news.

[Disclaimer updated] 3D Titanic suggests stricter censorship, No 3D boobs for Chinese viewers

Alia | April 9th, 2012 - 9:57 pm

While Jack was able to draw a portrait of Rose’s naked body in 1997, he will only end up with a neck-and-above close-up in 2012. The move by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television is to prevent viewers from wanting to extend their hands for a touch.