Posted by Joel Martinsen on Sunday, August 27, 2006 at 12:52 AM
When the family is well-regulated, the state will be rightly governed, and the whole land will be harmonious
It's getting harder and harder to escape the conclusion that SARFT just doesn't like TV. The latest reports from inside the Administration reveal that it is planning to clean up extramarital affairs in family dramas.
Yesterday's Mirror had the scoop, and provided a brief summary of SARFT's war on primetime:
SARFT has also recently banned foreign cartoons from certain evening hours, leaving viewers with a choice between domestic animation and revolutionary classics for their prime-time viewing.
According to an "informed industry source" cited in the Mirror article, SARFT is seeking to limit domestic dramas and place controls on their content, since too many of them have as plot elements a third party breaking up a marriage — the incredibly popular A Chinese Style Divorce, for example. This is "incompatible with the general environment for constructing a harmonious society, and will have a definite influence on society."
SARFT may also be planning to put limits on period farces like My Own Swordsman (武林外传) and those Zhu Bajie comedies, possibly because they share similarities of attitude with the online spoof videos the agency condemned earlier this month.
An opinion piece in today's Yangcheng Evening News sees value in broadcasting these immoral shows:
A commentary on Rednet that has been republished on a number of other portals sees the SARFT's summer prohibitions as the symptoms of a larger cultural and legal problem:
For an opposing perspective, here's an excerpt from an opinion piece in Shanghai Daily in which the writer is responding to the new SARFT rules on online videos:
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