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Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to 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, however, 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 for many netizens. See, for example, [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 cent member], and this satirical “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ training manual]” for Fifty Cent Party members. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/fifty-cent-party/ Read more about the Fifty Cent Party] via CDT.
 
Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to 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, however, 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 for many netizens. See, for example, [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 cent member], and this satirical “[http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2010/02/the-fifty-cents-party-training-manual/ training manual]” for Fifty Cent Party members. [http://chinadigitaltimes.net/china/fifty-cent-party/ Read more about the Fifty Cent Party] via CDT.
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[[File:fifty cent.jpg|400px|thumb|left|Grass-mud horse shown 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:Wu Hao.jpg|400px|thumb|left|[[Wu Hao]], (伍皓), deputy director of the Yunnan Province Propaganda Department showered with 50 cent bills during a speech.]]
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[[File:wumao ad.png|400px|thumb|left|Love to hide, do not love the truth
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Love to comment, also love to be highlighted
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Love to guide public opinion, and love even more to pretend to be a netizen
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My ten fingers are black
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I do not have eyes
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Who am I?
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You cannot see me.
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I am an Internet commentator
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I am a member of the Fifty Cent Party]]

Revision as of 18:54, 9 November 2010

五毛 (wǔ máo): fifty cent

Netizens first coined the term “Fifty Cent Party” to refer to 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, however, 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 for many netizens. See, for example, this post by Han Han, this comical account of the birth of a fifty cent member, and this satirical “training manual” for Fifty Cent Party members. Read more about the Fifty Cent Party via CDT.

Grass-mud horse shown on the fifty cent bill
Made-up character combing the characters for fifty cents. This new character is pronounced "wao."
Wu Hao, (伍皓), deputy director of the Yunnan Province Propaganda Department showered with 50 cent bills during a speech.
Love to hide, do not love the truth Love to comment, also love to be highlighted 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 a member of the Fifty Cent Party