Monday morning reading

ESWN: Freedom of Identity, Speech and Assembly on the Internet
A Chinese player of the network game The Fantasy of the Journey West (梦幻西游) has been put in virtual prison by Netease, the company that runs the game. ESWN reports and analyzes.

ESWN: Red Rubber Ball
Translated from the Beijing Evening News:

Early this morning, the Netease game "The Fantasy of the Journey West," there was a mob scene of cursing players at the area known as "Jianye city government office." The reason was that this Tang dynasty "government office" had a background that looked like a "Rising Sun."

Read the rest on ESWN (linked above)

Camille en Chine: Meeting of the Bloggeurs
Camille Levert (see Danwei TV clip) is organizing the Third Beijing Bloggers party on Saturday July 15, open to all bloggers whether French, Chinese or from elsewhere.

Imagethief and the Hell of Yurts
Click on the link above to read the background or download an iPod version of the video, or watch the video on Youtube below. It's about the blogger's recent trip to Xinjiang, and covers Kashgar, Lake Karakal, Turpan and Urumqi.

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Rebecca MacKinnon: China censorship: "storm in the brain"
A blog fight between the Global Voices Online citizens media evangelist and former CNN bureau chief Rebecca MacKinnon, and Hung Huang (see Danwei TV Hard Hat Show: Hung Huang - Media Mogul and Blogger and Hung Huang Part II - Her Acting Debut)

Xinhua: Vice Premier Hui leaves Beijing for DPRK
A short, tersely-worded statement:

BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese good-will delegation, led by Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, left here on Monday morning for a six-day visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Hui, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, will also attend activities marking the 45th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between China and DPRK. Hui's visit is at the invitation of the DPRK government.

The Chinese version is identical, which is often not the case in Xinhua's reporting about North Korea.

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Comments on Monday morning reading

the image thief one, i don't get it (and no offence emant to the author). wide-eyed tourist goes to xinjiang and...well, and that's that. Is everything valid nowadays (even holiday snaps)as long as it has a url? What happened to editorial control? Or has youtube got us all a bit too excited over home made crap?

No offense taken, Mike. Odd, I never quite thought of myself as "wild eyed". At least, not since I quit crank.

I am not sure there is much to "get", except a few minutes of witless fun. You may find that the written pieces the video accompanies have more depth, if that's important. But, if my particular, um, wild-eyed style doesn't resonate with you, well that's OK.

As for whether anything with a URL is valid today: emphatically, yes. I suggest we all revel in home-made crap. Having worked in stultifying commercial television and radio (where I played songs picked by a computer) I am thrilled by the democratization of media. More self-indulgent, wild-eyed stuff coming soon.

As for Danwei, they can defend their own standards. But thanks for the link, Jeremy.

I too wondered how exactly this video fitted into the grand scheme of things, until I realised that it doesn't have to. Good video, well edited, nice people and fun. As for comments about "home made crap", what about all the time and energy people spend on blogs? Most blogs are just a tissue of lies concocting the type of life the writers would like to be living, or simply subject us to the dull lives that they actually do live. The chances are if you run a blog, there is already something missing in your life.

will - it's 'wide', not 'wild' - although maybe they mean the same ;)

As for democratization of media, that's a whole different and deeper subject. I was more concerned with the reasons why I had just spent 8 minutes of my day watching a video where the highlight was how fast the food stalls got set up. I guess, considering the usual tone of Danwei, I was hoping for a punchline somewhere. But hey, looks like you had a good trip. Just confused why Jeremy felt it needed sharing.

I hear you Mike. Perhaps I have a secret crush on Imagethief.

Well, don't let Mrs. Imagethief find out, for heaven's sake, or there will be nothing but trouble.

@Mike: With regards to wide-eyed, that I have no argument with. Been such since I arrived.

Still miss those crank-fuelled nights, though.

wow! comments are getting very judmental :/ let's say, like Zidane made it very clear yesterday, we all have our little weaknesses (though I don't see why publishing this video should be an error). I found Imagethief's video really interesting. And 泡泡辣, believe me, blogging and living a life full of pleasures and unexpected events is totally compatible ;)

To Mike: a small editorial manifesto:

I should clarify my choice of Imagethief's vacation video of Xinjiang as "Monday morning reading":

If you are thinking about visiting Xinjiang, watching the video will probably help you make a decision about visiting Kashgar, Lake Karakal, Turpan and Urumqi more than reading a Lonely Planet chapter would. So the information in the video is worth noting, and linking to for future reference. And Will (Imagethief) is a funny guy who looks good on camera, even when the camera is a small consumer digital stills camera.


In fact, all I wrote was:

"Click on the link above to read the background or download an iPod version of the video, or watch the video on Youtube below. It's about the blogger's recent trip to Xinjiang, and covers Kashgar, Lake Karakal, Turpan and Urumqi."

My insatiable info junkie Internet habit does not always lead to professionally produced videos or highly polished prose. But part of why the Internet is on fire right now, is that information sources are highly diverse.

As someone who writes on the Internet, I believe that is a very good thing indeed.

fair enough jeremy. i disagree with the lonely planet reference thing (I got no real feel for Kasgar or Turpan, for example) but it is your site, it is all free, and we can ourselves easily exercise editorial control by simply not clicking the link, so no complaints from me.

However, 'Image Thief and the Hell of Yurts' was an enticing heading. Maybe 'Bloke Videos Himself and Friends in Xingjiang' may have been more accurate ;-)
Anyway, its all good in the end.

As Imagethief himslef frequently notes, he is currently employed as a spin doctor: he works for a large PR firm.

Something you should bare in mind when you read the title 'Image Thief and the Hell of Yurts'.

I hate emoticons, but :)

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