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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 01 May, 2014, 4:21am
UPDATED : Thursday, 01 May, 2014, 10:44am

Why Chinese censors miss mark on television shows

Mainland censors must have no clue about what they are censoring. They probably received instructions from higher-ups that some popular foreign TV series being shown online must be shut down as part of an internet campaign to clean up pornography and other undesirable contents. So to meet quotas, they randomly picked a few.

This is proved by not only what they have cancelled over the weekend, but what they have allowed to continue. The four series censored by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television are: The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, crime series NCIS and legal drama The Practice. Yet, you can continue to watch House of Cards and Game of Thrones.

How does that work? If I were a censor, I would go after the last two. An Americanised version of the original British series satirising the dark and murderous politics in Whitehall, the newer series features the underbelly of Washington politics, which may reflect back on the even more byzantine power politics that characterises China.

Meanwhile, even hardcore viewers of US paid cable TV, which can run much more extreme content than free TV, have been shocked by the levels of violence and sex in Game of Thrones.

I recently spent 30 hours flying between Toronto and Hong Kong and so gorged myself on several seasons of The Big Bang Theory. President Xi Jinping, if you had watched a few episodes, I am sure you would personally approve. A recent and favourite one of mine has Sheldon Cooper, the physicist, breaking up with his one true love: string theory. He finally realises he has wasted his career on a theory that was supposed to unify everything but has got nowhere in the last 20 years. The show has him grieving and recovering as from a bad relationship.

The Big Bang Theory has had billions of views since 2009 on the mainland. A show that features geeky young scientists trying to find elusive success in their careers and love life must resonate with a whole generation of college graduates in China. It also romanticises geeks and promotes science and technology.

What's not to like?

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pslhk

THE US DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE IS FOUND ON COMMON LAW !?
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We,may never flush enough manure fast enough
321manu
Why, it's Pierce m'boy, the cute little doggy with the over-developed primal reflexes and toilet-bowl fixations again. You are really spearheading the effort to diversify the CCP apologist genotype, and into such noble areas no less. Yeah, CCP apologists need more among them with no self-control and greater bowel-habit fixations. Good "thinking", Pierce m'boy. Well done.
At least no more stanzas. That's something. But for your one punctuation mark, you choose this one("?")? You are a most curious specimen indeed.
Anyway...
"state your purpose for bringing up jurisdiction clause"
"demonstrate where the US D of I obligates a duty of care to Rwandans"
"establish the justification for blaming the US on Rwanda"
Ring ring.
pslhk
manure FOL again
What a loathsome pest?
We flush
321manu
LOL Pierce m'boy. Those primal reflexes are hard to resist, aren't they? But come now, since you're gonna be here anyway, make yourself useful and say something funny...like by trying to make an argument. Have you suddenly forgotten all the tricks you've been taught?
"state your purpose for bringing up jurisdiction clause"
"demonstrate where the US D of I obligates a duty of care to Rwandans"
"establish the justification for blaming the US on Rwanda"
Watch me roll my eyes as you try to suggest that I might "learn" from you. Yeah, no thanks. I ask questions of you only because of the laughter I derive from your responses. It's a good return on investment.
Now be a good boy, and say something that is simultaneously stupid and funny in that unique way of yours. Ring ring.
pslhk
This Manure is malodourous rubbish
Nothing useful nothing meaningful
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Desirous to learn to become reasonable and knowledgeable
the Nogician has been begging charitable lessons
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But manure whose attitude is horrible
has been writing despicable nonsense
that nobody cares to take a look
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So, we flush
321manu
Hey Pierce m'boy, more primal reflexes. Well done. You're such a well trained pup. I wonder what else I can make you do....
I see you've taken to spam now. Way to aim high. 3 identical useless comments in a span of 2 minutes. Man, that's brilliant.
You are the perfect advertisement for CCP apologist recruiting. The CCP apologist academy: if you are as stupid as Pierce m'boy, the academy wants you. For art, you could even borrow from those "uncle sam wants you" posters.
Anyway...
"state your purpose for bringing up jurisdiction clause"
"demonstrate where the US D of I obligates a duty of care to Rwandans"
"establish the justification for blaming the US on Rwanda"
You take your time with those, Pierce m'boy. That's a good doggy. Ring ring.
(Oh, and since your partner in stupidity doesn't seem to have the stomach for it, maybe you can check out the HKTP survey for him, and share some of your "thoughts". I betcha that would be a barrel of laughs as well).
pslhk
Another manure FOL
Nothing but malodor
We flush to freshen the air
pslhk
Another manure FOL
Nothing but malodor
We flush to freshen the air
pslhk
Another manure FOL
Nothing but malodor
We flush to freshen the air
321manu
Ahhh Pierce m'boy, you really are an extremely extremely well trained pup. First I taught you to answer obediently to the ringing of the bell, which you mastered immediately. But now, you respond even when I "withhold the bell"...and despite your protests that you're going to "ignore" me...and even while supposedly on vacation. It appears you've now transcended Pavlovian conditioning, and your need to respond has become a primal reflex immune to your own free will. That, truly, is "evolution" (and not the stupid stuff you do with language)...but lightning quick too. Well done m'boy.
So please, no more of the lame protests about what you're going to "ignore"...since you've both demonstrated an inability to do so AND shown that it's no longer within your control. This is a case study that should be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal...perhaps whymak can help, since he's supposedly a "science" guy...although that awaits substantive confirmation.
That's a g'boy. And since you're gonna be here anyway, whether you think you want to be or not, we may as well return to your unanswered questions:
"state your purpose for bringing up jurisdiction clause"
"demonstrate where the US D of I obligates a duty of care to Rwandans"
"establish the justification for blaming the US on Rwanda".
Jolly good, m'boy. Since you're gonna be here, might as well make yourself useful. And that's by attempting to make arguments. Ring ring. LOL.

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