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五毛 (wǔ máo): fifty cents
 
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[[File:wao.png|thumb|250px|right|''New character comprised of the two characters for “fifty” and “cents,” pronounced ''wao''.'']] 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. The Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn. Netizens have written [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/06/fifty-cent-party-member/ comics] about and [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ “training manuals”] for fifty-centers.
  
[[File:fifty cent.jpg|400px|thumb|left|''Grass-mud horse shown on the fifty-cent bill.'']] 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] who were paid by the government to sway public opinion (“fifty cents” is a reference to the alleged pay received per post). Now the term is used to describe anyone who actively and publicly posts opinions online that defend or support government policy. As such, the so-called Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn. See [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/han-han-fifty-cent-party-must-work-overtime/ this post by Han Han], this comical account of the [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/06/fifty-cent-party-member/ birth of a fifty center], and this satirical “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ training manual]” for Fifty Cent Party members.
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The activist and artist [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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[[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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[[File:fifty cent.jpg|250px|thumb|right|''Grass-mud horse on the “fifty-cent bill.”'']]
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[[File:wao.png|400px|thumb|left|''Made-up character combing the characters for fifty cents. This new character is pronounced ''wao''.'']]
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[[File:wumao ad.png|250px|thumb|right|''“Love to hide, do not love the truth /  
[[File:Wu Hao.jpg|400px|thumb|left|''[[Wu Hao]] (伍皓), deputy director of the Yunnan Province Propaganda Department showered with fifty-cent bills during a speech.'']]
 
[[File:wumao ad.png|400px|thumb|left|''“Love to hide, do not love the truth /  
 
 
''Love to be first, love to stand out /
 
''Love to be first, love to stand out /
 
''Love to guide public opinion, and love even more to pretend to be a netizen /
 
''Love to guide public opinion, and love even more to pretend to be a netizen /
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''I am an Internet commentator /
 
''I am an Internet commentator /
 
''I am Fifty Cents.”'']]
 
''I am Fifty Cents.”'']]
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[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]
 
[[Category: Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon]]

Latest revision as of 18:38, 19 March 2013

五毛 (wǔ máo): fifty cents

New character comprised of the two characters for “fifty” and “cents,” pronounced wao.
Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to 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. The Fifty Cent Party has become the object of much scorn. Netizens have written comics about and “training manuals” for fifty-centers.

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

Wu Hao, former deputy director of the Yunnan Province Propaganda Department, is showered with fifty-cent bills during a speech.
Grass-mud horse on the “fifty-cent bill.”
“Love to hide, do not love the truth / 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.”