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Does Chinese Internet Culture Exist?

This week I attended the inaugural “Chengdu Internet Culture Convention”.

Throughout my time there, meeting people and listening to speeches about the development of Chengdu’s IT infrastructure, I was plagued with a single thought: can Chinese internet culture exist?

In the TED clip above, a Chinese blogger goes into great detail about what the “Chinese internet” entails. Is the formula below accurate?

Chinese internet culture = block each and every international Web 2.0 service, and then clone it for a Chinese audience.

This is something that you will never hear inside China. It takes Chinese people traveling to far-away places like Edinburgh Scotland to make a case such as this, which undermines everything that the Chinese internet claims to be.

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2 Responses to Does Chinese Internet Culture Exist?

  1. kaiyum July 31, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    it is so true that China senses all the foreign content, and other information which considered normal outside but sensitive in China.

    • charlie August 8, 2012 at 5:48 am #

      Yes, that is accurate.