China: Powerful yes, but still oh-so-" vulnerable to the effect of multifarious information flowing in," a.k.a. "information imperialism"

Let's put aside her husband's attempt to control and censor the Internets back in the day via the odious Communcations Decency Act, thankfully mostly struck down by a "reactionary" Supreme Court. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech yesterday about freedom on that damn glorious system of tubes was right on for the most part. A snippet:

This issue isn’t just about information freedom; it is about what kind of world we want and what kind of world we will inhabit. It’s about whether we live on a planet with one internet, one global community, and a common body of knowledge that benefits and unites us all, or a fragmented planet in which access to information and opportunity is dependent on where you live and the whims of censors.

Of course, information will always be asymmetrical for reasons that are impossible to correct (this is not a bad thing per se). But the whims of censors, who are by definition state actors, can and should be thwarted.

The idea of non-censorship so bothered the Chinese government (the same good fellas what has blocked the Twitter, the Facebook, and the YouTube and is fiddling with the Google so much so that it may pull out of the place) that Beijing had this to say via a state-run newspaper:

Clinton's speech was also denounced by an official newspaper Friday as part of a U.S. campaign to impose its values and denigrate other cultures, labeling it "information imperialism."

China must defend itself from information from the West that comes "loaded with aggressive rhetoric against those countries that do not follow their lead," said the English-language Global Times, published by the Communist Party's official People's Daily as part of a government-sponsored campaign to develop international media and influence opinion about China overseas."

Unlike advanced Western countries, Chinese society is still vulnerable to the effect of multifarious information flowing in, especially when it is for creating disorder," the newspaper said. It offered no examples.

More here, via USA Today via the Cincy Enquirer.

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  • anarch||

    Shouldn't that be "Ah-so vulnerable?"

    Oh, that would be Japan.

    Forget it.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    There's an old saying: Only a Clinton could criticize China.

  • Anonymous||

    Only a Chavez could man-kiss Armbandijad?

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Please tell me someone got my reference.

  • Anonymous||

    Only Nixon could put his head in a jar, what with his staunch Can-and-Parcel platform...

  • ||

    Got and gotten FOE.

    John Wong would be proud!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Is adoration really too much to ask?

  • Anonymous||

    me chinese
    me play joke
    me read ezine
    and then me riot because me influenced by the disorder of imperialist libertine dogs

  • Bingo||


  • Kyle Jordan||

    Oh boy. She's gearing up for 2012 already.

    Let us all watch as the leopard attempts to change its spots.

  • ||

    Dear Ghod, I hope so.

    A Democratic bloodbath/primary pitting Hillary and the Obama will be priceless.

    Of course, if she wants to go that route, she's got to resign probably by the end of the year.

  • Tony||

    the 3rd lou,ni shenmyisi a?

  • Anonymous||

    Tony's a ChiCom? That would explain the cognitive dissonance.

  • adam||

    Kind of ironic that Clinton's speech came on the same day as the Citizens United decision, which was promply denounced by her boss Obama.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    Oh boy. She's gearing up for 2012 already.

    Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please Please

  • ed||

    Clinton vs Palin. That's the day I commit suicide.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    Come on Ed, sit back and enjoy the crazy.

  • ed||

    Speaking of crazy, I've seen Palin's "work" thus far on FOX News, and it seems to consist entirely of her being interviewed by other employees. That's a helluva gig. I could do that. Who will hire me?

  • Kyle Jordan||

    Oy fucking vey...

    Or, in a stunning move, they team up and run together in an estrogen fueled romp of Girl Power to bring real change and the touch of a loving mother to the leadership of the United States of America.

    Pelosi would be Chief of Staff.

  • ed||

    (loads gun)

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    Thelma and Louise

  • Girl Power HQ||

    JL,I think we have our campaign song.

  • ed||

    But who will reprise Brad Pitt's role?

  • casting call||

    Ed, I know you can load a gun but I am not sure you know how to use it.;-)

  • Girl Power HQ||

    Kyle, I think you are on to something and to reward you we will appoint you eunuch-in-chief.

  • Rich||

    Unlike advanced Western countries, Chinese society is still vulnerable to the effect of multifarious information flowing in


  • Jigga Wha?||

    Oh man, you didn't bring up the old "Cultural Trade Deficit" they were concerned about a few years ago:

  • ||

    Sure, push 'open' web in China while pushing strangling net neutrality here...from the mouths of our scions of liberty...

  • Anonymous||

    Yeah, Libertarians are hypocrits. Putting corporate control under our government is an important step to freedom of speech, but their advocation against corporate control under their government makes no sence.

  • The Libertarian Guy||

    It’s about whether we live on a planet with one internet, one global community

    And one-world government. Chad would happily live under such an insidious regime, and he is not alone - there are millions of fools who fall for this shit.

  • Whiteberg||

    I'll have to say that that speech was mostly two-thumbs up for secretary Clinton!

  • The Libertarian Guy||

    Like Hillary gives a damn about the free flow of information.

  • ||

    I don't think China itself would be threatened by the free flow of information. The People's Republic apparatchiks might be however.


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