Just a reminder that before they were lying about COVID-19, China was lying about the concentration camps they were building in Xinjiang. And they’re still lying.
Chinese censorship and social control—not democratic sentimentality— have prevented the nationalist, often anti-foreign and xenophobic demonstrations from unduly influencing the country’s foreign and domestic affairs.
Cancel culture is real in China. Angering Chinese nationalists online can lead to job loss, police harassment, and threats against your family.
From luring YouTube’s biggest stars to sing Chinese nationalist songs on Chinese social media to demanding that US airlines not refer to Taiwan as its own country to threatening the visa status of a guest in their country for posting videos online, China is expanding its influence.
During the Vietnam War the military used listening devices in the jungle to watch for enemy troops or supplies or vehicles. But sometimes an over-sensitive radio operator would call in an air strike on a small, brightly colored lizard.
Clicking a Facebook link to read a story from your local newspaper is no different than when there used to be one copy of the local paper at the breakroom at work that was shared by everyone – but nobody would be daft enough to say they got their news from their employer.
Not all abbreviations are acronyms. Most social media and texting abbreviations are not really acronyms at all, but initialisms. WTF (What The Fuck), is not an acronym. POTUS (President Of The United States), is an acronym.
So you have a startup. Congratulations, you and 100 million other people. Don’t worry, as 90% of new businesses fail, the field won’t be too crowded for long.
Still with me? Well, here’s the actual good news.