Lost in Beijing

Outside of mainland China, I am not particularly affected by censorship within mainland China. It is, however, a way to find interesting things to read and watch.

If it weren’t for Lost in Beijing (蘋果) being banned, I wouldn’t have watched it. One of the first mainland Chinese films that stands up on its own. Not for children though. A children-friendly mainland Chinese film that is fun to watch is something I have yet to see. Anyhow, maybe I like Lost in Beijing because it is banned. The acting is superb, and nothing seems whitewashed in the film. I’d guess it was banned because it so accurately portrays a certain aspect of contemporary Chinese society.

Which brings me to another thing – how censorship often makes the people affected by it come out with something better in response to get around the rules. Not break them literally, but break them in spirit. If a company offered a list of links to pornographic or violent sites, it would be shut down inside China or blocked if it were outside of China. What to do? Make a site for reporting such sites, and make the list public so people can decide if the links are inappropriate.

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