Han Han (韩寒) on Google, Internet and China: I am Just Speculating
Han Han has spoken out on the issue of Google. His latest blogpost: “I am Just Speculating” is on this very topic. Roland Soong has translated it into English. (The original has already been “password protected” on Han’s sina blog):
2016: The number of Internet users in China drops down to 1 million. All websites are merged into a single website. It does not matter what URL you enter because you will be sent to that website. The updates are based upon the People’s Daily. In the same year, the Internet industry disappears in China. This directly or indirectly causes 5 million people in Internet-related industries to lose their jobs. The disappearance of e-mail means that the previously closed but now revived Postal Office hires 100,000 of them. 4.9 million people still have no jobs. At the same time, almost 1 million Fifty-cent Gang members lose their jobs. The Fifty-cent Gang members complain that they worked like dogs for their whole lives and now they don’t even get pensions.
2016: The People’s Daily wrote: An industry was sacrificed in return for the stability of the nation, but it was worth it.
2016: The 1 million jobless Fifty-cent Gang members have no other skills and therefore could not find new jobs. They could not make feed themselves. Several tens of thousands of Fifty-cent Gang members gather in Beijing. During Children’s Day, 150,000 Fifty-cent Gang members sit down in front of the government building to conduct a silent hunger strike. They ask the government to arrange jobs for them, give them credit for their prior work, and grant them public service worker status retroactively. The People’s Daily writes that the government never had the job position of Internet commentator. Therefore, all those Fifty-cent Gang members wrote on their own. The Fifty-cent Gang members are unable to show any labor contact to prove that they had an employer-worker relationship with the government.
The spokesperson for the Fifty-cent Gang members say that they were underground agents who had done great work on behalf of national stability.
The government gives the Fifty-cent gang members three days to leave Beijing or face arrest. People’s Daily writes that if one praises the government, one should not apply pressure on the government. Praising the government cannot be a condition for obtaining money. Praises should be uncompensated.
2016: The Fifty-cent Gang members continue the hunger strike. The citizens say that they support the hunger strike by the Fifty-cent Gang members fully. But they do not provide any food to them and they block all channels of bringing food. Also, they will make sure that the Fifty-cent Gang members continue on their hunger strike.
The next day, Minister of Culture Yu Qiuyu visits the scene of the hunger strike and reads the “Tearful advice to the Fifty-cent Gang.” The Fifty-cent Gang members say that Yu Qiuyu’s speech is too profound for them to understand.
2016: The Fifty-cent Gang is accused of the crimes of illegal assembly, illegal march, illegal demonstration, attacking the government, violent resistance against the law, smearing the government, endangering public security, disrupting social order, spitting in public, etc. The organizers are arrested. But the government says that they will be lenient towards blind followers who don’t know the truth and offer them an opportunity to reinvigorate themselves: they give 50 cents to each of them to feed their hunger.
comments on the scene: Fifty-cent Gang members see fifty cents and break out in tears.
2016: The Fifty-cent Gang crisis is peacefully resolved, once again showing the ability of the Party and the government to maintain stability. The Fifty-cent Gang leader tells the CCTV reporter on camera: “I am so sorry about before.”
More articles about Han Han are here on CDT.