China has One Thing Almost Right

China to limit ‘vulgar’ reality television shows

Satellite television channels are hugely popular in China, but often fall foul of authorities

China is to clamp down on the number of entertainment shows broadcast on satellite television channels in a bid to boost public morality.

Authorities are concerned at the “vulgar tendencies” of light entertainment shows, particularly reality TV, dating and talk shows.

From next year, satellite channels will each be permitted to screen only two programmes of this type a week.

Networks will be required to promote “socialist core values” instead.

Source: BBC News Read more

Opinion:

Well, congratulations, almost, to China.

The clamp down on reality TV should be global. It is the worst type of TV, it is banal, it is keeping people from the real issues of the day like the US government’s slights of hand.

Really the same needs to be said of the majority of soap operas and other crap that is being served into the world’s homes on a daily basis.

The thing that the Chinese haven’t got right is the “socialist core values” bit. Haven’t they discovered yet that it doesn’t work. Well, they probably have, but while it works for the elite bugger the people.

“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others” George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1945). The Chinese haven’t figured that out yet.

But I do agree on their stance on reality TV. Now, I am not talking censorship, I am talking about the criminal lambasting of the people with banal rubbish that deadens the mind, that is TV’s excuse for programming.

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  1. #1 by shardsofchina on January 4, 2012 - 3:06 pm

    Part of the challenge facing the Chinese TV industry is that nobody outside of China likes the original programming. Most of it is overly complex period soap opera that require an intimate understanding of the historical era involved to be able to make sense of it. Then there’s the fact that because most Chinese leisure revolves around the TV that all of it comes in about a hundred and fifty episodes at a time.

    So I’ve got some sympathies for program makers taking short cuts – and the comments of the young lady in Shanghai reflect a lot of the real on the ground sentiment too.

    • #2 by argentumvulgaris on January 4, 2012 - 3:43 pm

      @shards, I don’t think that was the aim of the govt restrictions. My comments on soaps was global rather than just China.

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

      AV

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