China needs to learn to communicate. It needs to learn that it can’t protect its’ people forever and instill ideals which might not be accepted by the masses.
I applaud China’s communications efforts in the Sichun earthquake and the Olympics was an excellent way of showing the world that China was ready to move on.
However, the Sanlu incident showed that the communications efforts by the Chinese company did not address any stakeholders’ concerns until pressure caved in.
Now, we have a censored Obama speech!! You can read the article here.
This was the part which was censored,
“Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions,”Mr Obama said in his speech.
“To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist,” Mr Obama said. This excerpt was also censored.
What annoys me is that not only did traditional media attempt to cover up the truth, but also 2 of China’s largest internet portals censored this information from the speech.
However, the beauty of web2.0 is that there are many alternative tools which can be used to spread the news and this is just a classic example of China’s unsuccessful attempt to filter out the information.
It would be interesting to see what happens over the next few days as the ‘original uncut’ speech spreads around. How would the Chinese people react?