This Newsweek article starts to go beyond the usual story on censorship and American companies, to provide a taste of the wide range of topics being covered in Chinese blogs, the emergence of celebrity bloggers, and the many ways people get around regulations. One of my favorite examples of what’s being blogged–plagiarizing boring ideological essays to advance your career in the CCP:
A while back, some enthusiasts on the Internet put together a trailer of the Shining that made it look like a romantic comedy. A little more recently, some Chinese enthusiasts put together a parody of the Promise, a grandiose Lord of the Rings style Chinese production (download 50M video here).
Nice interview on Joystiq with Hoyt Ma, The9’s Senior Marketing Manager for World of Warcraft. WoW has been a massive hit in China–Chinese gamers make up half of the game’s worldwide player base. And this despite technical [graphics and broadband requirements], financial, and visual [getting used to 3D vs. 2D Korean games] barriers for ordinary players. But…
China Tech News notes that Shenzhen is one of the cities officially allowed to ramp up Internet cafe development.
According to a representative from
the Shenzhen Municipal Cultural Bureau, Shenzhen has been listed as one
of the nine trial cities in China to set up Internet cafe long-term
management mechanisms and been approved to develop…