Monday, September 29, 2014
The world knows about the democracy protests in Hong Kong, but not the people just across the border in mainland China. There, every mention of people in the streets protesting has been blocked in a modern example of Orwell's 1984. In the internet age, can China really get away with censoring news? We're about to find out. My guess is that there will be leakage but no deluge. Democracy activists on the mainland will hear about it. The average Chinese citizen won't. One wonders how any government can maintain credibility with its people when it behaves as it is doing? It is perpetuating a cover-up of major proportions. The answer to that is the throttle that the Chinese have placed on the internet and government controlled news media. The country is becoming a case study for dictators of the present and future who want to keep their citizens in the dark and obedient. Sooner or later, the truth will come out but China is betting that later will be enough to prevent protests from spreading.