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Post time 2013-9-17 15:13:15 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2013-9-17 15:08
To a nimcopoop like you I will never have to "admit" any wrongdoing or wrongful allegations. Unlik ...

I have been very disappointed with China made TV drama and documentaries.


You see one, you see all already.





I've made my living, Mr. Thompson, in large part as a gambler. Some days I make twenty bets, some days I make none. There are weeks, sometimes months, in fact, when I don't make any bet at all because ...

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Post time 2013-9-17 17:00:16 |Display all floors
What a great post, although it seems too rehearsed to seem spontaneous.  Still, it is fairly accurate.

"Foreign media must provide balanced coverage if non-Chinese are ever to fully understand the nation." - could not be further from the truth. Western media tend to focus on the negative, but in general there is a complete bias toward the 'communist' countries. China/Chinese must understand how 'news' corporations work in the US/UK. First and foremost, they are business vying to generate revenue and fulfill stockholder expectations. Writing about ghost towns or the now 20-year (insert chuckle) "overheated" Chinese economy or 10-year overheated Chinese relate state market is lines stockholder pockets more than telling of China's improvements. And when such improvements are told, they are usually told with a  snide or nationalistic twist to make readers giggle or hate/despise, respectively.

China has it's issues, and they shouldn't be undermined by government marketing tactics, but Western ignorance of China continues while China makes leaps and bounds forward! The good news is that while Western governments continue to fumble over rehashed foreign policy mistakes of the past, civilized citizens of the West are much more aware and accepting of reality and are embracing China and Chinese culture, to some degree.
why is china daily so awesome?

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Post time 2013-9-17 17:03:37 |Display all floors
aaooq Post time: 2013-9-17 11:04
China should also have an influential publication in the world as The Economist, after all, exportin ...

China Daily has posts in foreign countries, if that's what you are getting at.
why is china daily so awesome?

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Post time 2013-9-17 18:17:04 |Display all floors
This post was edited by NgTran at 2013-9-17 18:18

If you always interpret foreign reflections on China as "distorted views",

instead of doing some "soul-searching",

China will never advance.

Since you perceive foreign critics as "distorted views",

you are implying, that not China, but the rest of the world has to adjust.

Quite interesting.

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Post time 2013-9-17 18:19:46 |Display all floors
Like with that nine-dash-claim:

China is doing nothing wrong,

but the other claimants are "trouble-maker" and need to adjust or correct their policy

to the liking of China.

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Post time 2013-9-17 20:11:39 |Display all floors
Unfortunately, these sorts of discussions tend to overlook-need to overlook-certain conditions that are endemic to all societies and have been since humans began forming groups.
At present, what we all know as the press, or media, is really nothing more than a platform for advertising. Whether to sell underwear, or ideology, making the sale is key.
The question ancient Romans asked as a matter of course in judicial proceedings, qui bono?, or who benefits? is still the question that is most needed, and most reviled by those who run the show.
Throughout our existence, humans, in the process of forming groups, have always gravitated towards relatively a simple system; a small group of highly ambitious, usually greedy, usually intellligent, people are permitted/encouraged or simply assume power (by whatever means imagiinable, including convincing everyone that some spurious deity gave them the go-ahead), and everyone else works to keep them in hot tubs, caviar and exciting women. Or men, as the case may be.
Now, in the modern world, this basic format has not changed. It certainly has become obscured by far more sophisticated means of "governing", but still, the tiny group calls the shots and everyone else scrambles for the crumbs they drop, all the while eyes upward, hoping for a shot at greatness.
That China has been portrayed negatively isn't anything new. Most people read one newspaper, if that, and feel they are supremely well-informed. In this situation, it is not difficult to misinform or outright lie. Anyone remember when, in the USSR, one could only read good news? I do. However, bad news sells papers, which in turn, sells advertising. Why does bad news sell? Because, even when our lives are drab and miserable, something worse, or someone else's poignantly more tragic life shows us we are still in the running for "success" in life, or that, at least, we are not them, sinking to lower and lower, unsuccessful levels of prosperity and an attenuated enjoyment of life. Good news, on the other hand, is boring. Uplifting to some of us, but boring, nonetheless, and does not, as a rule, sell papers, or any media, for that matter.
The three most important words in English, aside from "who benefits", are "consider the source". Who is telling you what you are hearing. This immediately elicits the question, "what do they have to gain". This will tell you a lot about topics that dominate nations, states and provinces, cities and towns and discussion forums like this one.
Have a happy day, folks. And don't forget to have a beer, occasionally. Make sure your friends and family know you love them. Life is short.

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Post time 2013-9-18 01:49:07 |Display all floors
NgTran Post time: 2013-9-17 05:19
Like with that nine-dash-claim:

China is doing nothing wrong,

Now Ng. Moderate your own Vietnamese sinophobia a bit. Just like Vietnam, China has its internal political problems, and these show-up sometimes as ultranationalist rantings. Only human!
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