Our featured Society and Culture story today is about an internet company that has been streaming live footage from its 657 surveillance cameras — publicly, for anyone to see — placed in restaurants, classrooms, grocery stores, gyms, etc. Read more here:
- Shen Yun: Culture or cult?
The traditional Chinese dance troupe China doesn’t want you to see / Guardian
- First Chinese-American mayor of San Francisco dies
Ed Lee, San Francisco mayor, dies at 65 / NYT (paywall)
- On British television
TV comedy like Chinese Burn doesn’t smash stereotypes. It reinforces them / Guardian
- Ai Weiwei
The art of activism: An interview with Ai Weiwei on Human Flow / Cineaste
- Education scandals
Kindergartens in China: A conversation with those inside the system / Elephant Room
Chinese education officials apologize over fake MIT whiz-kid story / SCMP
- Critters and varmints
The rat hunters of Inner Mongolia / Sixth Tone
- After the death of a live-streaming daredevil…
Dangerous stunts get thumbs-down from video platforms / China Daily
Multiple social media and video streaming platforms will limit who can view videos that depict dangerous stunts – and may even prohibit such material – in an effort to discourage imitators.
In November, daredevil stunt climber Wu Yongning fell to his death while scaling a skyscraper in Changsha, Hunan province. Wu, 26, had more than 1.3 million followers on social media who regularly devoured his breathtaking videos and photos. He climbed with no protective gear.