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Minitrue: Less Misery, More Patriotism in Rio Reporting

Aug 19, 16 Minitrue: Less Misery, More Patriotism in Rio Reporting

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The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Do not report on the miseries of Olympic athletes; report more on [their] patriotic spirit. (August 17, 2016) [Chinese ] Chinese coverage...

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Former Leader of the Week: Toad

Aug 18, 16 Former Leader of the Week: Toad

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The Word of the Week  comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon , a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens or encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness. “The Great Toad,”...

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Star Swimmer Suggests Shift in China’s Olympic Attitudes

Dubbed the “mystic energy girl” by online fans, 20-year-old Olympic swimmer and bronze medallist Fu Yuanhui has become an internet sensation in China and beyond after her hilariously animated post-swim interviews with state media CCTV went viral . Zheping Huang at Quartz reports: China’s internet can’t get enough of the...

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Weibo MAUs grew to 282 million in Jun 2016

Aug 09, 16 Weibo MAUs grew to 282 million in Jun 2016

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Weibo’s monthly active users (“MAUs”) grew 33% year over year to 282 million in June 2016, 89% of which were mobile users according to Weibo Second Quarter 2016 Financial Results. Weibo’s average daily active users (“DAUs”) in June 2016 grew 36% year over year to 126 million. For the second quarter of 2016, Weibo reported net...

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Sure, The Straddling Bus Is Not Feasible – But Does It Really Matter?

Aug 08, 16 Sure, The Straddling Bus Is Not Feasible – But Does It Really Matter?

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Images of the ‘straddling bus’ from China went viral this week, and it’s not hard to see why – it’s a Willy Wonka-style solution to the country’s monumental traffic issues. Unfortunately it’s about as real as Wonka too. State-backed-media have come out to poke holes in the project in a no-holds-barred attack that discredits...

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China’s Tech Firms Flip “Copycat” Image

The conventional view of China’s tech industry has long been that local companies mimic American tech giants without innovations of their own, achieving success with borrowed products in a market where foreign rivals are largely blocked by internet censorship and government regulations. This narrative is increasingly coming under...

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