Net Nanny Follies
Posted by Joel Martinsen on Monday, February 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM
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Note: A more recent media interview with Shanzhai Gala participants is available here.
Things keep getting worse for the Shanzhai Spring Festival Gala, a grass-roots alternative to CCTV's annual TV extravaganza.
First, most of the TV stations and web portals it had partnered with to air the show pulled out, leaving only the little-watched Macao Asia Satellite TV to carry it. And it made the decision to switch from a live broadcast to a pre-recorded tape of a dress rehearsal.
Then, as it was being broadcast, the MASTV website was unreachable, cutting the show off from the vast audience of Internet users who have been the driving force behind the craze for shanzhai, or knock-off, culture.
But at least clips of the show are being passed around online, right? Not exactly. The Beijing News reports today that the Shanzhai Gala is nowhere to be found on major video hosts. In fact on Youku, the term 山寨春晚 has become a "sensitive word."
From the paper's report:
Earlier, Wall Street Journal's China Journal blog quoted a Tencent employee who gave a different reason for dropping the Shanzhai Gala:
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