Rachel over at Bendi Laowai puts it nicer than I am going to. Simply put: people — and by people, I mean “the media” — are writing more about China’s blocking Google for an hour than they are about arrests of important folks, mass incidents, etc. Bloggers aren’t off the hook for this either, although we’re not calling anyone out here in particular. Day in and day out I try to keep this blog professional(ish), but there are times when it just has to be said: what the fuck?
I wonder if we aren’t, in some ways, limited by this vast resource called the internet (or perhaps the interwebs). The blogging process, when you think about it, is pretty damn incestuous. This blog is as guilty of that as any other. We translate other blogs, we link to other blogs, and we rarely go outside. When Google goes down, we know. When Liu Xiaobo gets arrested, well…we’ll hear about it sooner or later on a blog, I suppose.
I understand these things need to get reported. I understand how the system works, it’s unavoidable, etc. etc. Still, I can’t shake the idea that our priorities are off when significant mass protests get no attention because a pop singer died. I guess Tu Yuangao should have picked a more timely moment to die mysteriously.
Michael Jackson’s death is not a tragedy. Neither is the temporary blocking of Google. But could you say the same thing of Tu Yuangao’s death? Of Liu Xiaobo’s arrest?