“Where the internet is, so is the glorious dream,” sang the handsomely-dressed choir of censors. “Tell the world the Chinese Dream is uplifting
Those cringe-worthy lines were from the Cyberspace Administration of China’s Internet Spirit anthem, which made its grand online debut a short while ago. The aforementioned governmental body is ‘in control’ of
The song, reminiscent of Soviet-era propaganda tunes, likens the “internet power” to “[an] ocean where all loyalties meet,” and boldly states that the censors are “devoted to turning the global village into the most beautiful scene.”
Having used the “internet” in the People’s Republic, I was very much enraged when I first listened to the song. How is anyone going to tell the world how brilliant the “great proletarian democratic socialist utopia” is when all the popular social media platforms are blocked?
Rather ironically, Internet Spirit itself was censored shortly after its release, as it had gained a lot of attention, and mockery, from Chinese netizens.
It was not, however, the only popular video that was censored that month. Under the Dome, a documentary produced by renowned Chinese journalist Chai Jing on the country’s pollution woes, was also silenced within a week of its release.
A filtered internet gives the outside world the impression that
Of course, internet censorship is intertwined with other socio-political issues in
Despite this, a free internet in
Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption is working and the rot of the Communist Party is slowly being cleared out. They have restarted their pollution-quelling initiatives, too. It may take a while, but once