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Chinese Authorities Give Propaganda a Boost

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Posted on May 4, 2011
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China’s propaganda machine is getting a powerful kick-start as the government tries to focus the country’s citizens on the virtues of communism via “Red tourism,” which includes, among other things, musical broadcasts praising the leading party, complete with sing-along lyrics in newspapers. —ARK

The Telegraph:

Meanwhile, Chongqing television was recently ordered to drop soap operas and sitcoms from its prime time slots and instead air classic revolutionary dramas and musical shows.

“Some appear to have misunderstood the message in our campaign,” Xu Chao, the official leading the Red song drive, told the Global Times, a state-run newspaper.

“ ‘Red’ doesn’t only represent revolution, Communism or socialism. It also includes elements that represent happiness, harmony, being positive and healthy. The term is actually quite inclusive.”

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Oh boy,the Cultural Revolution Part Deux.Mao was a megalomaniac who in true hindsight was very cruel to most of his own people.I think a vacation spent breaking bottles over my head would be more enjoyable.

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By RenZo, May 5, 2011 at 11:25 am Link to this comment

OH NO. The Chinese are soooo sophomoric - restarting progaganda again. They should read more Gramsci and Chomsky and watch more Murdoch (the word for fox in Mandarin is ?) to learn how to do it better.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 5, 2011 at 4:00 am Link to this comment

Oh, No!

It’s the return of “Bad Chinese Opera”!

(SNL nailed that one 25 or 30 years ago).

This is supposed to BOOST tourism????  Here’s what it’s like: Visit Russia or Ukraine and find a tour guide who never got over the fall of the Soviet system (they are still out there)  Then take a tour with them.

You’ll never want to return to that place again, and you’ll tell all your friends to stay away.  Happened to me in Odessa (which looks like Brooklyn).  If I never go there again it will not bother me a bit.

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