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心神不宁 (xīn shén bù níng): disturbed
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心神不宁 (xīnshén bùníng): disturbed
  
This word was made famous in an [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/06/regulators-target-google-for-pornographic-content-cctv-airs-fake-interview-netizens-react/ interview] of university student Gao Ye (高也) on CCTV's Focus Report program. The interview occurred when Google was threatening to withdraw from China, while China was stepping up its criticism of Google. In the interview, Gao Ye discussed the negative impact pornographic content in Google's search results was having on his classmate, saying that it caused him to be “disturbed.”
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[[File:gao ye.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Gao Ye tells CCTV reporters about the ills of Google search.'']][[File:gao ye2.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''“My classmate tried several search methods until he discovered that Google's search results made him feel the most ‘disturbed.’”'']]In the summer of 2009, Google was threatening to withdraw from China, while China was stepping up its criticism of the company. On June 18, [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2009/06/regulators-target-google-for-pornographic-content-cctv-airs-fake-interview-netizens-react/ CCTV aired an interview with a “university student” named Gao Ye], who claimed pornographic content in Google’s search results had caused one of his classmates to be “disturbed.”
  
After the interview, China's [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_flesh_search_engine human-flesh search engine] kicked into high gear and it was discovered that Gao Ye was not a random college student, but an intern with the very program that interviewed him. This incident is reminiscent of a CCTV interview of a young schoolgirl who complained about a website that was “[[very erotic very violent]].Both incidents called into question CCTV's journalistic integrity.
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China’s [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2012/10/human-flesh-searching-grassroots-internet-justice/ human flesh search engine] kicked into high gear. It was discovered that Gao was not a student at all, but an intern for the very program on which he had been interviewed. This is reminiscent of a 2007 CCTV interview with a schoolgirl who complained about an “[[erotic and violent]]” website. Both incidents have called into question CCTV’s journalistic integrity.
  
Netizens supportive of Google pointed to this incident as an example of the government unfairly targeting Google. They also maintained that Chinese search engines produced a similar volume of pornographic search results.
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Many netizens objected that the government was unfairly targeting Google. They also maintained that Chinese search engines produced a similar volume of pornographic search results.
  
After the word “distrubed” went viral, Gao Ye, the name of the student/intern, became a [[sensitive word]] in China and search results containing “Gao Ye” were [http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/google_gao_ye_sensitive_words.php heavily filtered] by domestic search engines.
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After the word “disturbed” went viral, “Gao Ye” became a [[sensitive porcelain|sensitive word]]: search results containing “Gao Ye” were [http://www.danwei.org/net_nanny_follies/google_gao_ye_sensitive_words.php heavily filtered] by domestic search engines.
  
In current online usage, the term “disturbed” has become a sort of catchphrase, just as “very erotic, very violent” has. For example, a comment beneath the picture of a scantily clad woman might read, “Wow, this really makes me 'disturbed.'”
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In current online usage, the term “disturbed” has become a catchphrase, just like “erotic and violent.For example, a comment beneath the picture of a scantily clad woman might read, “Wow, this really makes me ‘disturbed.’”
  
[[File:gao ye.jpg|600px|thumb|center|''Gao Ye'']]
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Google left mainland China in March 2010 after a [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/01/e-mail-breach-has-google-threatening-to-leave-china/ Chinese-originated email hack] in late 2009.
  
[[File:gao ye2.jpg|600px|thumb|center|''My classmate tried several search methods until he discovered that Google's search results made him feel the most "distrubed."'']]
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Revision as of 21:40, 5 April 2013

心神不宁 (xīnshén bùníng): disturbed

Gao Ye tells CCTV reporters about the ills of Google search.
“My classmate tried several search methods until he discovered that Google's search results made him feel the most ‘disturbed.’”

In the summer of 2009, Google was threatening to withdraw from China, while China was stepping up its criticism of the company. On June 18, CCTV aired an interview with a “university student” named Gao Ye, who claimed pornographic content in Google’s search results had caused one of his classmates to be “disturbed.”

China’s human flesh search engine kicked into high gear. It was discovered that Gao was not a student at all, but an intern for the very program on which he had been interviewed. This is reminiscent of a 2007 CCTV interview with a schoolgirl who complained about an “erotic and violent” website. Both incidents have called into question CCTV’s journalistic integrity.

Many netizens objected that the government was unfairly targeting Google. They also maintained that Chinese search engines produced a similar volume of pornographic search results.

After the word “disturbed” went viral, “Gao Ye” became a sensitive word: search results containing “Gao Ye” were heavily filtered by domestic search engines.

In current online usage, the term “disturbed” has become a catchphrase, just like “erotic and violent.” For example, a comment beneath the picture of a scantily clad woman might read, “Wow, this really makes me ‘disturbed.’”

Google left mainland China in March 2010 after a Chinese-originated email hack in late 2009.