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==máo dǎng | [[五毛党]]==
[[File:wao.png|thumb|250px|right|''New character comprised of the two characters for “fifty” and “cents,” pronounced ''wao''.'']]  
 
  
[[File:fifty cent.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''[[grass-mud horse|Grass-mud horses]] on the “fifty-cent bill.”'']]  
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[[File:fifty cent.jpg|thumb|right|''[[grass-mud horse|Grass-mud horses]] on fifty-cent note (source unknown)'']]  
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Paid internet commentators who post opinions in defense of government policy, similar to [[astroturfing]]. Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/08/an-inside-look-at-a-50-cent-party-meeting/ undercover internet commentators] paid by the government to sway public opinion. These commentators allegedly received 50 cents per post:
  
[[File:Wu Hao.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/wu-hao/ Wu Hao], former deputy director of the Yunnan Province Propaganda Department, is showered with fifty-cent bills during a speech.'']]  
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<blockquote>@吕国栋: When you criticize China, people who think China is the best at everything will call you a traitor and tell you to get out of the country. When you are skeptical of foreign countries, another group of people will angrily label you a '''fifty-center''' and curse you to die within the system. If you remain silent, the rest will complain that you only speak in clichés that have nothing valuable to add. [[http://www.weibo.com/2692625055/BgZhvgLCF '''Chinese''']]</blockquote>
  
[[File:wumao ad.png|250px|thumb|right|''“Love to hide, do not love the truth /  
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Netizens have created [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/06/fifty-cent-party-member/ comics] about the Fifty Cent Party and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ “training manuals”] for fifty-centers.  
''Love to be first, love to stand out /
 
''Love to guide public opinion, and love even more to pretend to be a netizen /
 
''My ten fingers are black /
 
''I do not have eyes /
 
''Who am I? /
 
''You cannot see me. /
 
''I am an Internet commentator /
 
''I am Fifty Cents.”'']]
 
  
Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/08/an-inside-look-at-a-50-cent-party-meeting/ undercover Internet commentators] paid by the government to sway public opinion (“fifty cents” is a reference to the alleged pay received per post). Now a “fifty-center” is anyone who actively and publicly posts opinions online that defend or support government policy.  
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Artist and activist [[Ai Weiwei]] conducted a lengthy [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/05/chinas-web-spin-doctors-spread-beijings-message/ interview with a self-described fifty-center], which circulated during his 2011 detention.
  
The Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn. Netizens have created [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/06/fifty-cent-party-member/ comics] about the Fifty Cent Party and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ “training manuals”] for fifty-centers.  
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Starting in the mid-2010s, the work of the Fifty Cent Party was gradually eclipsed by [[little pink|little pinks]] and other ultra-nationalist netizens.
  
Artist and activist [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2011/05/chinas-web-spin-doctors-spread-beijings-message/ Ai Weiwei conducted a lengthy interview with a self-described fifty-center] which circulated during his 2011 detention.
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==See Also==
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Latest revision as of 16:01, 16 April 2021

Wǔ máo dǎng | 五毛党

Grass-mud horses on fifty-cent note (source unknown)

Paid internet commentators who post opinions in defense of government policy, similar to astroturfing. Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to undercover internet commentators paid by the government to sway public opinion. These commentators allegedly received 50 cents per post:

@吕国栋: When you criticize China, people who think China is the best at everything will call you a traitor and tell you to get out of the country. When you are skeptical of foreign countries, another group of people will angrily label you a fifty-center and curse you to die within the system. If you remain silent, the rest will complain that you only speak in clichés that have nothing valuable to add. [Chinese]

Netizens have created comics about the Fifty Cent Party and “training manuals” for fifty-centers.

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei conducted a lengthy interview with a self-described fifty-center, which circulated during his 2011 detention.

Starting in the mid-2010s, the work of the Fifty Cent Party was gradually eclipsed by little pinks and other ultra-nationalist netizens.

See Also