Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Mar 2013 19:58 UTC
In the News "Not only has China's Central TV been running regular follow ups to its March 15 expose on Apple's iPhone repair policies, but on Thursday People's Daily - the Communist Party's official propaganda organ - attacked the company for the fourth day in a row, devoting half a page to negative articles." This isn't rocket science. The west treats Chinese technology companies like crap, so they treat western companies like crap. How exactly does this surprise anyone? And why is it okay for our governments to engage in political games to smear foreign companies, but we throw a hissy fit when a foreign nation engages in the same political games to smear western companies? It sucks for Apple to be the target right now, but had this occurred a decade ago, it would have been Microsoft.
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Eh ...
by WorknMan on Sun 31st Mar 2013 20:26 UTC
WorknMan
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2005-11-13

And why is it okay for our governments to engage in political games to smear foreign companies, but we throw a hissy fit when a foreign nation engages in the same political games to smear western companies?

Who's throwing a hissy fit? Plenty of folks in the west bash Apple on a regular basis, so it's about time the Chinese join the fun ;)

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RE: Eh ...
by kaiwai on Mon 1st Apr 2013 14:30 in reply to "Eh ..."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

And why is it okay for our governments to engage in political games to smear foreign companies, but we throw a hissy fit when a foreign nation engages in the same political games to smear western companies?

Who's throwing a hissy fit? Plenty of folks in the west bash Apple on a regular basis, so it's about time the Chinese join the fun ;)


I also think that the article under-appreciates just how sceptical the local Chinese audience is of what their government outlets say - having been fed a steady diet of bullshit for 50+ years it takes a lot for most Chinese people I know to trust their government. End of the day China is just playing the economic nationalism card - they need to boost local consumption as to move away from an export dependent economy but god forbid the idea of the masses choosing an Apple device over ZTE or Huawei or a GE or Maytag washing machine over purchasing a local brand like Haier.

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RE[2]: Eh ...
by darknexus on Mon 1st Apr 2013 14:56 in reply to "RE: Eh ..."
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2008-07-15

I also think that the article under-appreciates just how skeptical the local Chinese audience is of what their government outlets say - having been fed a steady diet of bullshit for 50+ years it takes a lot for most Chinese people I know to trust their government.

I've run across two opposite groups when talking to people concerning government propaganda (and that includes the western governments as well). One, the group that you and I obviously belong to, is the one you describe. We take everything the government outlets say with a boatload of salt and trust nothing until we can verify at least the basic facts. The second group and, at least where I am in the US by far the more common one, are people who lap up the bullshit and spew it back as fact. I don't know how the demographic is in China as I've not been there, but I can tell you that just because some know they've been fed a diet of bullshit doesn't mean others don't eat their fill. It doesn't help that, in more repressive governments, even those who puke the bs back up don't dare talk about the fact that they've done so. You'd best look like you're feasting on what the government says or you won't ever have to worry about hunger again.

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RE: Eh ...
by JAlexoid on Tue 2nd Apr 2013 14:49 in reply to "Eh ..."
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2009-05-19

Who's throwing a hissy fit? Plenty of folks in the west bash Apple on a regular basis, so it's about time the Chinese join the fun ;)


A lot of people are throwing a hissy fit. Specifically those that are on the forefront defending Amercian companies from the evil foreigners... like EU.

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