Monday, August 9, 2010

Welcome Bartholemew Longbottom et al.

I have noticed a vastly increased number of comments recently from what are fairly obviously pro chinese commentors. Most latterly on Adolf's recent post about Sanlu and Chinese standards.

I wondered whether it was just me being judgemental or whether there was something to it.
China’s public diplomacy strategy has also relied more and more on digital technology. The Chinese central government employs at least two hundred and eighty thousand people to troll the Internet and insert material to make the government look good. Many more work as Internet volunteers—from retired officials to college students in the Communist Youth League who aspire to become party members.
It seems my sense of smell is reasonable. People are entitled to their points of view. They are even entitled to slavishly follow their government or political point of view, whether through self interest or through genuine belief. Witness the Obama worship in the face of logic and reality. But the rest of us need to be aware of the motives behind what we read.

In any case, welcome to those Chinese commentors on this site and others, at least you have free internet access and a willingness to contribute to democratic debate. Perhaps you can learn something at the same time as presenting your points of view.

3 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Look no further than the Kiwiblog thread about Russel Norman getting hassled by Chinese security guards - soon featured various defenders of China's colonisation of Tibet, pointing out that Whitey had his own empire a while back (oh, that makes it alright then - carry on).

Anonymous said...

Sue Bradford was on National Radio this morning complaining that the Govt is not doing enough job creation. This sounds like a great opportunity for NZ and Maori to emulate. Teach computer skills and literacy while at the same time presenting a glowing view of NZ and Maoridom!

Bartholomew Longbottom said...

I am not Chinese. Nor am I employed by the Chinese Government, May Wang or anyone else with a pecuniary interest in Chinese investment in NZ. I just wonder whether there is a better (economic) reason to block Chinese investment in NZ other than "we don't trust them."

I felt the irony in your statement "[People] are entitled to slavishly follow their government or political point of view". Because barring overseas investment on the basis of thinly veiled nationalism, and without robust debate about the economic merits, amounts to exactly that.