I recall during the dot com explosion in early 2000, the typical Western media narrative was that a rising Internet population in China would somehow bring down the Chinese government. Of course, that didn’t materialize. At that time, I predicted, instead, a bigger audience would challenge the Western media narrative on everything related to China. As of 2010, the Chinese Internet population reached 400 million – about the total population of the U.S.. Looking at comments at some Western media outlets, I think it’s fair to say that increasingly, the narratives are being challenged by pro-China perspectives. The Chinese government still enjoys very popular support (Pew Global Survey – 87% of Chinese positive of China’s direction).
Now I predict Western media will begin a phase of rampant censorship of pro-China perspectives across the West. Or, they will close down ability for readers to comment in their articles altogether.
Here is an example.
Like many Western media, the Economist is on a crusade to paint everything China bad. Below are some of their latest:
- Banyan: A half-pike up the nostril – China’s overreaction to a Japanese “provocation” has set its regional diplomacy back years
- China is squeezing the supply of vital rare earths. But not for long
- Deng’s heirs ignore his advice
Recently, I have decided to chime in. In this particular article, “A thwarted election“, there was basically not much news, except the author decided to make it out to be:
DISTURBING pictures of Nepali police in riot gear carting off ballot boxes illustrate both China’s clout in Nepal and its fears about the activities of Tibetan exiles.
I thought, if the article is going to be about India, China, and the Dalai Lama, then the following comment is fair game:
huaren2000 wrote: Oct 4th 2010 6:30 GMT
Unfortunately, the Dalai Lama is not very good at hiding his politics behind religion. As long as he is unable to separate his Buddhism from his desire to rule over Tibet, there will be more who oppose his antics – even in the West!
Here is American Humanist Association laughing at the Dalai Lama and India:
“American Humanist Association: “India vs. China””
It was deleted without notice. If not deleted, this should be the second comment beneath the article. I have read other Economist readers pointing out their comments deleted too.
I’ll reiterate my prediction – in the coming decade, we will see rampant censorship of Chinese perspectives in the Western media. If censorship turns out to be too much work, they will instead disable commenting in articles. That would simply be due to the fact that the Chinese Internet population has grown. Any Western media want to bet otherwise?
I finally received an email from the Economist’s moderator indicating the above comment was deleted “because it breaks our comments policy.” Whatever. Only if their articles could stop breaking their own comments policy first!