View Full Version : The Great Firewall

07-02-2009, 11:12 PM
OK, I stole the subject line from James Fallows. (But this is China, so copyright violations are de rigeur!)

The last time I was in China was 5 years ago. At that time, news.bbc.co.uk and cnn.com were both blocked.

These days, both of those are back up. But other sites are blocked. Here are those that I have noticed:

the national enquirer
porn (don't ask me how i know that.)

I'll add more as I find them. It would be funny if it weren't so appalling . . .

07-06-2009, 03:17 AM
Update: Twitter now blocked.

Must be because of this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/06/china-riots-uighur-xinjiang

I eagerly await Andrew Sullivan, Slate magazine, and the chattering classes more generally to take the struggles of the Uighurs as a cause-celebre.

07-06-2009, 02:18 PM
How is Shanghai? Hot and humid, I guess. You near the Bund or farther out?

You could access the New York Times when I was there. I read it online while in China.

07-07-2009, 01:18 AM
How is Shanghai? Hot and humid, I guess. You near the Bund or farther out?

Hot, flat, and crowded . . .or am I sounding too much like Thomas Friedman? (Gag.)

I'm pretty far out, near Hongkou Football Stadium, if you know where that is . . .

. . . I was in Shanghai once before, five years ago, and of course all of the places that I remember from my previous visit have since been demolished. Such is China.

07-07-2009, 10:29 AM
Yeah, construction everywhere. Any brown outs yet?

07-07-2009, 11:48 AM
Yeah, construction everywhere. Any brown outs yet?

Only media blackouts !

07-07-2009, 11:56 AM
The media wasn't blacked out when I was there. The websites I normally went to I could get on. I wasn't there when there was some kind of crisis going on though. We did have several brown outs, however.

Some Chinese students got prickly when we talked with them about them not having access to outside media sources, freedom of the press, etc... They would say we have access to everything, we can read anything. To some extent that is true and if I were them I'd probably defend my country's situation as well, but censorship happens there. Stories get filtered off websites, or they are not published by mainstream Chinese websites/papers, or get edited into something different.