Making sense of the Chinese puzzle – Joe Joseph

From The Times:

Why has it taken television so long to produce a big series on China ( Two), the country that’s like the juggernaut you notice in your rear-view mirror as you’re pootling along the motorway: huge, powerful, looming forever larger, and just about to overtake you?

Maybe it’s because China is moving so quickly that documentary-makers worried that by the time their series reached the screen it would already look out of date. Chinese society seems to be changing so fast that making a TV series about life there today might easily feel like buying a digital camera and finding that by the time you’d got it home from the shop it had already been rendered redundant by the invention of an entirely new digital imaging technology. [Full text]

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