Murder, cult and the loss of government credibility [Graphic image]

Alia | June 2nd, 2014 - 5:31 am
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Many Chinese netizens would rather believe the impossible than to believe their government. And that poses a bigger risk to Beijing than terrorist attacks or murderous cults.

Are Chinese netizens on Weibo just a bunch of “three-low” losers?

Alia | June 25th, 2013 - 11:22 pm
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China’s Academy of Social Sciences released its 2013 China New Media Development Report yesterday, in which the majority of Weibo users are labeled as “low age, low education level and low income.” Chinese netizens not happy.

10 years after SARS, China is faced with another deadly flu. Chinese netizens asked: “Has the government learned its lesson?”

Alia | April 3rd, 2013 - 2:14 am
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10 years ago in 2003 when SARS was gradually under control, China’s now retired president Hu Jintao took power. 10 years later, Xi Jinping steps onto the stage and here is H7N9 bird flu. Many of Chinese netizens sighed: “History always repeats itself. 10 years, we circle back.”

[Updated] Stores in a major Northern China city close in large scale in the wake of government inspection

Alia | August 7th, 2012 - 12:53 am
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Rumor has it that Shenyang, the city to hold China’s National Games, is short of funding so that local government organized a new round of anti-counterfeit and public hygiene inspections among small private businesses to harvest fines.

[Updated] Fire at a “New York” shopping mall rumored to have killed over 300 Chinese

Alia | July 6th, 2012 - 3:44 am
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A big fire that has been rumored to claim 378 lives in Jixian, Tianjin made Chinese netizens turn to New York to discuss the matter and work around censorship. Even the Shifang protest was said to be a distraction of this Tianjin fire.

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

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

Netizens reaction to Weibo comment halt (including those from Sohu Weibo who haven’t got any bans)

Alia | March 31st, 2012 - 10:05 pm
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A sample of how Chinese netiznes from Sina Weibo, as well as Sohu Weibo, the only Twitter-like service in China that hasn’t received any government punishment, react to the comment ban effective yesterday on two of China’s most popular microblogging services.

Weibo rumors written in ciphers and argots: Words you need to know to decipher the political mystery in China

Alia | March 20th, 2012 - 7:58 pm
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Almost overnight, everybody on Sina Weibo becomes part of a real-life “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” show. Read and find out what does “Teletubbies vs. Master Kong” have to do with China’s political drama.