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China bans time travel for television

Hong Kong, China (CNN) - China has been cracking down on dissent of late, as the recent detainment of artist Ai Weiwei suggests.

But the latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal - or, rather an attack against the surreal.

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourage plot lines that contain elements of "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating fedual superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking."

"The government says ... TV dramas shouldn't have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage," reports CNN's Eunice Yoon. "They also say that myth, superstition and reincarnation are all questionable."

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of "Star Trek," "The X-Files," "Quantum Leap" or "Dr. Who." And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like "Back to the Future" and the "Terminator" series are now forbidden?

These guidelines will certainly add a creative challenge to Chinese writers, producers and directors. CNN.com's Dean Irvine wondered how some classic time travel films might be re-imagined minus the time travel:

"Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure"

Two California dudes meet a strange man who used to be a stand-up comic and who directs them to a phone box near the Circle K. They don't travel bacd in time to find answers for their end of year report; instead the pair make crank calls for 90 minutes and flunk out of school Wyld Stallyns remain a crap garage band.

"Back to the future"

Poor Marty McFly, No "Enchantment Under the Sea" dance for him - instead he gets caught up in a local eccentric's plutonium smuggling ring. After witnessing his death at the hands of terrorists, McFly is forced to change his identity and move away from Hill Valley. (At least he escape his Oedipal complex.)

"The Time Traveler's Wife"

Despite being told not to talk to strangers, a young Clare Abshier meets a peculiar naked man when out playing in the fields near her family's country estate. A traumatizing experiencde, she grows up only able to have dysfunctional relationship with the men who have a nasty habit of disappearing or running away from her.

"12 monkeys"

Bruce Willis doesn't travel back to Baltimore from a Terry Gillam post-apocalyptic future - he just a loony.

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"They also say that myth, superstition and reincarnation are all questionable."


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Most of the stories in Kong-fu books are surreal. Usually, Chinese parents prohibit Children to watch Kong-fu Tv series and Kong-fu books, such as Jinyong Books.

Similiarly Chinese government view the politician as parents, and view ordinary Chinese as young babies. Young baby are stupid and they can watch these types of movies until they grow up to be adults.

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The Chinese should know better: "positive thinking" is a form of denial of reality, that in turn magnifies the "opposite" or "negative-thinking" side - a fundamental psychological and spiritual truth that Confucius himself knew of. Teh more you deny the negative, the more you become the negative in order to deny it - as we can see in the Chinese who are futiely attempting to travel back into the past of Mao's time in order to recapture his self-deluded "positive" vision of a society in which everyone was under state control.

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In X country, More endless effective bans are for the ordinary people, and less effective bans are for politicians.

What's a free world?
There ordinary people enjoy more individual freedom than the average on earth.

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Imagine what happened if there was no China.

No more cheap slave labors,

No overnight millionaires,

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