After years on ATS, and exposure to ideas and realities that might cause the common person to fetal ball in panic or confusion - rarely does a story
hit the Associated Press that leaves me literally left with nothing to do but blink, stare, drool a bit, and then reread the article - positive that
I've gotten something mixed up.
This is one such case.
China - a Communist Nation!
- The place where people who think even a hair outside of the box tend to either end up dead or in "reeducation
camps". A place where just being descended from a person who went against the grain can keep you from ever holding public office.
A place just ~this~ side of North Korea, morally speaking, has shocked me. And verified a theory that I, and other ATSers have had for awhile. China
seems to be bending a bit towards the American model - even as we seem to be moving towards their ideas of governance. I refer to this as "the meeting
in the middle" "Chimerica" idea.
This story certainly is proof of it.
CHINA'S AIRING OF 'V FOR VENDETTA' STUNS VIEWERS
BEIJING (AP) -- Television audiences across China watched an anarchist antihero rebel against a totalitarian government and persuade the people to
rule themselves. Soon the Internet was crackling with quotes of "V for Vendetta's" famous line: "People should not be afraid of their governments.
Governments should be afraid of their people."
The airing of the movie Friday night on China Central Television stunned viewers and raised hopes that China is loosening censorship.
"V for Vendetta" never appeared in Chinese theaters, but it is unclear whether it was ever banned. An article on the Communist Party's People's Daily
website says it was previously prohibited from broadcast, but the spokesman for the agency that approves movies said he was not aware of any ban.
Some commentators and bloggers think the broadcast could be CCTV producers pushing the envelope of censorship, or another sign that the ruling
Communist Party's newly installed leader, Xi Jinping, is serious about reform.
Beijing-based rights activist Hu Jia wrote on Twitter, which is not accessible to most Chinese because of government Internet controls: "This great
film couldn't be any more appropriate for our current situation. Dictators, prisons, secret police, media control, riots, getting rid of `heretics'
... fear, evasion, challenging lies, overcoming fear, resistance, overthrowing tyranny ... China's dictators and its citizens also have this
The film is available on video-on-demand platforms in China, where movie content also needs to be approved by authorities.
Rarely am I at a total loss for words. But this surely accomplishes that!
Did CCTV ( A totally government run entity - with strong
censorship and party control ) go against the grain? Did a "lone wolf" smuggle in a
DVD bootleg and feed it out, live? Did Hell freeze over? Do the Chinese believe that the Mayans were right after all and figure "No Harm, no
This is truly an unprecedented event. And one so far across the line that I cannot even begin to formulate an analogy for it. For a highly repressive
society, such as China, to allow thoughts as progressive as those presented in the film V For Vendetta go become mainstream???
The US government lost in discussions about taking away guns. The Chinese government letting their people openly view a movie about revolution and
rebellion against authority... a movie that glamorizes such behavior??? Even now, as the risk of war involving China is still active?
In a recent OP I stated that I was not worried about 12/21/12 - but rather about the 90 days following it - and the potential for major paradigm
shifts in culture to happen during that period - as people all try and recover from the sensory and emotional overload that has been the year of
This, my friends? Another clue in a long line of clues that tell me....
Change is coming. Be vigilant and aware. The pace of change is already nearly impossible to keep up with. I fear it will continue to gain momentum.
edit on 12/20/12 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)