March 06, 2006

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It's easy to deride the current NPC and CPPCC sessions going on in Beijing as a token going through the motions exercise, or in the words of Shakespeare, "It is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." That doesn't stop the newspapers devoting pages and pages to coverage of the non-event. Indeed some would argue the large volume of hot air being expended has parallels with blogging. So what better than to bring together a useless parliament with the web's pre-eminent form of communication:

Tang Weihong, who is in charge of the website, cn, which hosts the deputies' blog sites, said all NPC deputies and members of the National Committee of the CPPCC, China's top political advisory body, are free to open blog sites with the website...So far, eight NPC deputies and CPPCC National Committee members have opened blogs on the website, administered by the People's Daily...

To ensure blog sites serve as a platform for individuals to express personal views freely, lawmakers have urged a better legal environment for the management of blog sites to prevent vituperations in the virtual world from extending to people's daily life and to protect citizens' privacy.

In case you couldn't guess, that's from the China Daily (and clearly someone's been using the thesaurus for vituperation!). It seems odd that unelected politicians feel a need to communicate with the public. It's certainly something that hasn't been tried before. It can only be a matter of days before someone sets up spoof blogs for the President and the Premier.

posted by Simon on 03.06.06 at 08:31 AM in the China internet category.


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It seems odd that unelected politicians feel a need to communicate with the public.

Heh heh

posted by: Feng 37 on 03.06.06 at 10:10 AM [permalink]

What happened to the daily linkettes?

posted by: Jing on 03.06.06 at 10:17 AM [permalink]

Jing, a combination of a lack of time on my part and an explosion in reading and blogs on the world's part. I will try to do them ad hoc but it's not likely to be daily anytime soon. If there are any volunteers I'd be happy to turn the duties over.

posted by: Simon on 03.06.06 at 10:22 AM [permalink]

Premier Wen has had a blog in English for some time.

posted by: dave on 03.06.06 at 12:38 PM [permalink]

On the subject of blogging, do you know if the Chinese authorities block blogspot?

A friend has been unable to access blogspot from Shanghai.

posted by: Chuang Shyue Chou on 03.06.06 at 03:24 PM [permalink]

Yes, blogspot is officially media non grata in China. Tell your buddy to use a proxy. It very briefly re-appear earlier this year, but that appears to have been a mistake, and I am sure someone at the ministry was duly sacked.

posted by: Will on 03.06.06 at 06:09 PM [permalink]

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