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IMDB.com blocked in China

Movie review website IMDB.com (clearly a nest of splittist and anti-China forces) has been blocked in China by the Great FireWall.

In honor of this event, we present this Youtube video of Queen singing 'Another one bites the dust'.

Of course, if you're in China and have no Net Fu, you won't be able to watch anything on Youtube.

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Of course, if you're in China and have no Net Fu, you won't be able to read anything on Danwei.org.

(The Queen video is all right, but I prefer this one from Pink Floyd http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUASiDg-kg4)

FYI, my US-based typepad blog has started to receive hits from China, after many months of being blocked. Are typepad blogs now generally unblocked there?

@Sam Wordpress has been off and on again over Christmas, but seems to be unblocked for the time being too.

It's interesting that Kaixin001 is blocking photo uploads from IP addresses outside of China - I have to use a proxy to access websites inside and outside of China in almost equal measure now :S

Jeremy,
Do you not consider leaving China because you can't get access to much of the internet--or not very easily?
Now supposing you (or your less savvy fellow China inhabitants) would not strongly consider leaving (too many nice things about living in China), then I conclude that not having access to much of the internet is not such a great hardship. Which leaves the embarrassing conclusion that the internet censorship is rather trifling in the larger scheme.
Sat sapienti...

Aren't you gonna tell us why it was blocked?

Does it have something to do with Avatar's huge success in China?

Nicholas:

I can get access to whatever I want; the blocks are increasingly irrelevant to me. Touch wood the tricks to get over the Great Firewall carry on working. If they stop working, I would consider only being able to get the eunuch Internet a great hardship.

hebeiren:

Who knows why it was blocked; perhaps some overzealous little censor found something about the Dalai Lama on it? It is however perfectly consistent with the current censorship strategy of cutting access to sites with user generated content:

Most foreign news media websites are not blocked whereas most big sites with significant user generated elements -- from Youtube to Facebook to Twitter to Blogspot -- are blocked.

I assume that all Typepad blogs had been blocked for many months. I would be surprised if I had been singled out - I am really quite a small fry.... So, I am now assuming that Typepad blogs, as well as Wordpress, are now available. Is that true?

Here is a story on it: link

Background: On January 5th and 6th, International news broke out that China had withdrawn two Chinese movies from the Palm film festival in US, because the film festival did not succumb to Chinese consulate pressure to stop the screening of a tibetan movie "The Sun behind the clouds". This move is likely to trigger chinese netizens interest about this tibetan movie.

IMDB independently host a ">trailer for this movie:

Some news articles confuse this movie with another new tibet related movie with similar sounding title: link

Both movies show up in google video searches referring to the trailers hosted at IMBD.COM

Jeremy,
Begging pardon for the ignorance upon which, I apprehend, this question is predicated: surely the Chinese gov't can devise the means to prevent people like you from restoring the internet testes (employing your eunuch metaphor)--that is, bypassing blocks? (I'm sorry if, as is probable, you've dealt with this question in earlier Danwei contributions).

Actually the correct video to pair with this post should be: I Want To Break Free.
It's very frustrating. For two months,I could not access even innocuous blogs that are just scratching posts for a cat like me. The sites had nothing to do with smut, separatism or anti-state shenanigans.
Like, how subversive can slagging off LV be?
But one supposes that those govt employees have to stay gainfully employed and keep blocking.
Thank goodness I can fllw the intrstg posts on danwei again. The best last year imo was the one with ai weiwei flashing a strongly-worded message on his bare chest.
It made me think of Wu Song the tiger killer in Water Margin.
However, the white-dressed girl flashing black panties in the Square (same post) is not AWW's wife as alleged. She is a model in a Vivian Tam dress.

Nicolas

Yes, they seem to be becoming increasingly adept at preventing people from restoring the internet's testes.

It's important to differentiate between overseas solutions - ie those expats tend to use, which are part of the English language internet, which I expect the censors care little about... - and those which are available to casual Chinese web users within the sphere of the Chinese language internet. The internet police undoubtedly devote much more time to the latter than the former, and I'm not really sure what's available to normal Chinese internet users who don't speak English.

Anyone have any info on that?

It's not all bad - Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish is back, so at least can get my daily fix of Sarah Palin bashing

Net fu?
I could use some info on firewall-busters, those I knew some months ago don't work anymore.

By the way, if you play backwards "another one bites the dust" you can clearly hear: "Starts to smoke Marijuana"!

http://www3.telus.net/jefmil/backmasking/anotherone.swf

People who really want to get past the wall usually have no problems. However, most Chinese that I meet would rarely go to an English site anyway. They prefer the local versions which are in Chinese and where things are laid out the way they want it, which often very different from western sites in my experience.

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