The Anonymous Internet is the Citizens’ University – Lian Yue

ESWN translated an essay in Southern Metropolis News by Lian Yue about blog real name registration:

It is said that on the Chinese Internet, the ratio of current affairs among all topics is among the world leaders. Every Chinese person is a political commentator. And the degree of volatility of their speeches (and the number of times that every netizen’s ancestors have been cursed) is also among the world leaders. The Internet watchdogs conclude that it was the anonymity of the Internet which caused this explosion of evil human nature. Aided by a bunch of VIP’s who were abused on the Internet, the real-name registration in every Internet area is gaining ground.

The current proposal for real-name blogger registration is one part of the process. Actually, Internet mob violence is something that the watchdogs ought to consider for another reason. On the mainland Internet many inappropriate websites have already been shut down, leaving only innocence and harmony behind. So why is our Internet still more barbaric than elsewhere? That is because this virtual world is the only place to speak out for many people whose rage have no other venue for release. [Full text]


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