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