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The extremes of Chinese media, plus Chinese internet humor

It seems to be the consensus among long-time China watchers that the Chinese media has become more radicalized over the last five years, with both online and traditional channels now feeding the public conflicting stories of both reflexive scorn for the status quo or patriotic jingoism. But how radical are things getting? And what are the limits to how much further they can go, or will be allowed to go on either side?

This week on Sinica we look at two of the extremes. First up is a discussion between Jeremy Goldkorn and Brook Larmer, whose recent essay on Chinese internet humor for The New York Times looked not only at what is being said online but who is saying it and why. Then we look the other way, talking with journalist Christina Larson and Sinica-stalwart David Moser about the Global Times, a commercial newspaper under the auspices of the People’s Daily so untempered in its nationalism that many consider the paper a government mouthpiece, with Christina Larson even comparing the publication to Fox News.

Recommendations:

Brook’s NYT article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/magazine/the-dangerous-politics-of-internet-humor-in-china.html

Stifled Laughter: How the Communist Party Killed Chinese Humor

http://www.danwei.org/tv/stifled_laughter_how_the_commu.php

Pi San’s cartoons on NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/10/30/magazine/26mag-chinese-animations.html?scp=2&sq=pi%20san%20china&st=cse

ABC interview with Pi San and Jeremy

http://www.danwei.org/featured_video/director_pi_san_on_his_his_yea.php

Pi San’s cartoons with English subtitles

http://www.danwei.com/blowing-up-the-school/

http://www.danwei.com/kuang-kuang-and-the-38th-parallel/

Liu Xiaobo humor – The Lius I admire

http://www.danwei.org/humor/the_lius_i_admire.php

Lei Feng microblog

http://www.danwei.org/humor/lei_feng_microblog.php

Hoax dictionary entries (origin of the “Cao Ni Ma” slang)

http://www.danwei.org/humor/baidu_baike_fake_entries.php

Hu Ge spoof on group housing

http://www.danwei.org/humor/ccav_on_group_housing.php

China Digital Times Grass Mud Horse Lexicon

https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2015/07/decoding-the-chinese-internet-ebook-2015-edition/

Christina’s FP article

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/31/global_times_china_fox_news

FP: Top 10 screeds in Global Times

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/10/31/the_top_10_screeds_in_chinas_global_times

John Garnaut: Global Times – A cocktail of conspiracies delivered daily

http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/a-cocktail-of-conspiracies-delivered-daily-20101217-190pb.html

Hu Xijin’s Weibo

http://weibo.com/huxijin

Peking Duck blogger on Global Times

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Apekingduck.org+%22global+times%22

Jeremy Goldkorn

Jeremy Goldkorn is co-founder of the Sinica Podcast and currently edits SupChina and its daily newsletter.