Porn Crackdown Targets Online Fiction – Maya Alexandri

Danwei comments on the government’s recent announcement that it was scrubbing the Chinese Internet clean of “obscene” online fiction:

The dragnet has already snared 348 websites, accused of publishing “disgusting” written content that could “easily poison the minds of young people.”

This anti-vice operation seems a strange use of China’s resources. Written pornography isn’t as scintillating as pornographic photographs or movies, which are widely available online and off. And even if this crackdown is part of China’s general push to “clean up” before the Olympics, online written pornography isn’t in the same category of behaviors that will be obvious to foreign visitors, like spitting, queue-jumping, or wandering around the hutong without a shirt on. [Full Text]

August 24, 2007 10:16 PM
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