According to Liu Xiaobo, Chinese writer, intellectual, and political dissident, “The Internet is God’s present to China.”
Liu wrote a piece from his home last month about how the Internet has changed his life. Translated on the brilliant ESWN. Liu’s main points:
letter-writing campaigns got a whole lot easier, and you can collect signatures from people around the world
Internet opinion has become a major driver of Chinese mainstream media opinion and even public reactions by officials
Chinese Internet has enabled the emergence of a whole range of new “stars”, such as: “middle-aged intellectuals;” a new generation of intellectuals; “folk heros such as the military doctor Jiang Yanyong who is regarded as the truth-speaking hero, rural enterpreneur Sun Dawu, rights defender Feng Bingxian, excellent media persons Cheng Yizhong, Lu Yuegang, Li Datong,”; and a group of human rights defense lawyers such as Zhang Sizhi, Mo Xiaoping, Pu Zhiqiang..