NOTHING HAS CHANGED

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Despite the tall glass towers and Armani Casa shops that line the main streets of Shanghai, there is a great deal of Communist China that has remained untouched.

The first thing that remains untouched, apparently, is the censorship. While I knew that the Chinese were censoring politically sensitive websites dealing with Falun Gong or the Chinese democracy movement, I was astonished to learn this morning that my own blog is being blocked by the Chinese censors. (Not that I think there is a lot of VJ business to be done in China, and not that we were planning an Academy in Shanghai in the near future). Never the less, I am a bit astonished at this. It appears to have something to do with the ‘democratization of video’, putting ‘the power of the media in the hands of the people’, and the various references to Communism. Like some kind of porn filter, these things apparently alert the censors. One can only wonder how busy they are, but in a country of 1.2 billion people, this must provide some pretty good employment for the masses.

In any event, it makes it difficult to post to the site, as I cannnot even access it, but I have a very good friend in New York who is going to post it there for me. Let’s see how this all works out. And hopefully, I will keep you posted.

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