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Yes, I was a bit too glib in my reply, though that is the implicit principle by which I'm here.

The sorts of documentaries and personal testimonials you raise are precisely one of the things that we need more of in China to influence public opinion and government policy.  Both the public and the government here are susceptible to such influence, but I get the impression that there is a filter and/or bottleneck on getting such material widely disseminated.  The great dams along the Yangtze may serve as a useful analogy here:  so much pressure behind the wall, how do you allow a steady but controlled amount to flow through and have effective impact, without letting the dam burst open a chaotic and destructive flood?  That is the Propaganda Ministry's tricky, delicate task.

Tout est pour le mieux dans le meilleur des mondes.

by marco on Sat Jul 31st, 2010 at 08:38:02 AM EST
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