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China Regulator Bans TV Parodies Amid Content Crackdown (reuters.com) 61

China's media regulator is cracking down on video spoofs, the official Xinhua new agency reported, amid an intensified crackdown on any content that is deemed to be in violation of socialist core values under President Xi Jinping. From a report: The decision comes after Xi cemented his power at a recent meeting of parliament by having presidential term limits scrapped, and the ruling Communist Party tightened its grip on the media by handing control over film, news and publishing to its powerful publicity department. Xinhua said video sites must ban videos that "distort, mock or defame classical literary and art works," citing a directive from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television on Thursday.
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China Regulator Bans TV Parodies Amid Content Crackdown

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  • End game? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 23, 2018 @12:14PM (#56313573)

    Censorship produces a downward spiral, where each attempt to control produces new ways of lawful disobedience. The end result is complete authoritarian tyranny and a standing army of resistance fighters. Get the popcorn, as this process will be fun times to watch and seems to be snowballing quickly.

    • Am I allowed to roll my eyes at this story?

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      They have that covered, I think. Wrongthink will eventually just wipe out your social obedience score and if that happens you are barred from public speech. As a result you cannot defend yourself against that either. May even throw in a bonus and makes sure people with a low score cannot buy food or rent living space or work in any capacity and the same happens to anybody that helps them.

      The real question is how many people will try to resit in time. That makes the difference between some nice places high u

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Friday March 23, 2018 @12:15PM (#56313579) Homepage

    How very dull. No Trump stories at all?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Says the man with a homepage linking back to a Chinese gambling/gaming website?? Hard to say based on your Ars profile.

      If you're chinese focus on the chinese censorship article above. Otherwise, leave the trolling to the Putains.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Wonder if this has to do with all the media purchases the Chinese have been making recently here in the USA. Good to know that Hollywood will be supporting the Communist agenda shortly...

    • Re: (Score:1, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      What Communism? China hasn't had Communism since the Great Leap flopped and China decided to start industrialization and adopt business management and involvement in configuring the economy and centralizing, opposite of Communist and agrarian values.
      They have a complex mix of Capitalism-Socialism-Communism-Fascism, Communism only being an outer mask for symbolic values and controlling the continental Chinese, and a big blend into Fascism which is the main control system in China with almost all the core pri

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 23, 2018 @12:26PM (#56313649)

    simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.

    • by gweihir ( 88907 )

      Indeed. And looking who people make jokes about behind closed doors also works well.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    This sounds like the caricature bad-guy dictatorships in "V for Vendetta" or even "Escape from LA". To fix this we need either:

    1) Snake Plissken and a black glider

    OR

    2) Hugo Weaving, a subway, a lot of fertilizer, and a map to China parliment

  • "Winnie the Pooh doesn't know what to do"

    Gee, who thought Kenny Loggins wrote literary classics? ;)

  • by UnknownSoldier ( 67820 ) on Friday March 23, 2018 @01:15PM (#56314001)

    Humor, and especially satire, is a corner stone of an enlightened civilization.

    Pull that stick out of your ass -- because censoring humor and preventing people from poking fun of the establishment does NOT help people get over "taboo" topics, dogma, or corruption any quicker. In fact it has the opposite effect and makes things WORSE. By removing a "safe" avenue to eventually provide a road to discuss sensitive issue all you've done is force the issue underground.

    Congratulations (see I was being _sarcastic_) on convincing the rest of the world that you are a bunch of dumb asses -- while we laugh at your stupidity.

    What you resists, persists

    There is a BALANCE between the Individual and the State -- too bad you will never learn this.

    • Humor, and especially satire, is a corner stone of an enlightened civilization.

      Pull that stick out of your ass -- because censoring humor and preventing people from poking fun of the establishment does NOT help people get over "taboo" topics, dogma, or corruption any quicker.

      This is China. The "establishment" is a communist dictatorship, and has been for a long time. None of this is surprising.

      Any accidental freedoms in this regard were purely transitory oversights, however long they may have popped up. Which probably wasn't very long. Because China is a communist dictatorship.

  • by Rick Schumann ( 4662797 ) on Friday March 23, 2018 @02:02PM (#56314397) Journal
    Well, I can see that the new Emperor of China intends to squeeze so hard that there'll be a persistent chilling effect on any sort of creativity. Guess he thinks he'll just be able to keep stealing creativity from the West ad infinitum.
  • They can control parodies about the gov, but they have no means of controlling out and out stealing of IP.
    Makes sense.
  • I guess Al will have to avoid China from now on...

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