China: Money’s on the TV – Lian Yue

From Lian Yue blog, translated by Global Voices Online:

China must just be one of the countries with the most televistion stations in the world, and at the same time has an audience with the least choice. Just take the remote control and flip through (if you find yourself so bored) and you will find a thousand channels with the same face, similar to the point of unbearable. At the same time you will learn that except for the minority of greasy-rich channels like CCTV, the majority don’t seem to be doing so well, because they all seem to be airing the same vapid commercials: breast enlargement, infertile? sterile?, how midgets increase height, fat wives get thin quick and easy. Nobody with half a brain believes these commercials; their pollution of the senses leads almost everyone to despise them. But the second that SARFT bans them from the air, the stations lose sixty percent of their revenue (according to the August 3 issue of The Beijing News). ….[Full Text]

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