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An American in China

Ignorant About Current Events in China- Censorship of News in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on February 25, 2011

Apparently the world is in flux right now, or more so that it usually is. There was a little problem in Egypt and I believe Libya may have some problems. To you in civilization this is obvious, you have heard or been inundated with this news as of late. To those of us in China, the news barely makes it to our ears. The other day a family asked me about Libya and the hostages, and I was like “what happened?”. After the discussion, i began to realize that for the first time, Libya has had problems just like Egypt.
Far from being an ignorant person, the depths of my lack of knowledge show just how well the communist party blocks news here in the center country. If one does not access CNN or BBC, as I did last night, then they have little idea of what is going on in the world. And, as I strive to understand the news, I scour the chinadaily- the only Chinese mouthpiece pos newspaper I can stomach, so its not as if I have hiding from the news or anything.
The reality is that the chicoms are masters of keeping their bleating sheep in the dark, and it rubs off on all who are here. I really had no idea of what was going on in Egypt till the end. Attempting to see if maybe I had been living inside a bubble of ignorance, I asked friends their take on current event, and to a person, they too were dreadfully ill-informed. I guess you can call this the impact of living in China and living under the thumb of the communist dictators…..

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