From The Christian Science Monitor:
The appeal of blogs in a country where the traditional media are strictly censored by the government which uses them to propagate approved information and opinions, lies in both the relative freedom they enjoy, and in their interactivity.
Even for those not especially interested in politics, “blogs tell me about things that are hot, like pop stars or new movies, and I can tell other people what I think,” says Qiao He, a young Chinese teacher. “I can speak my own mind, and maybe somebody will reply.”
Freedom and interactivity have typically not been the Chinese government’s favorite flavors, but cyberspace is never easy to police. [Full Text]