Thingish Things

Chinese Time Stamp

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Apr• 14•11

So the Chinese have now banned thinking about or viewing television programs or movies that simulate time travel.  Plot lines on Chinese television may no longer engage in “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.”

That’s a mouthful; probably more so in Mandarin and Cantonese.

Funny, I don’t recall the Chinese saying anything to the Khmer Rouge when the Mao-inspired ally declared it “Year Zero” in Cambodia — right before slaughtering a couple of million of its countrymen in Years One, Two, and Three.  In fact, the short-lived agrarian paradise seemed to embrace many of the elements now prohibited in China:  fantasy, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, fatalism, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.

Maybe what the Chinese really fear are recollections of a time when the communist autocrats were not in charge in Peking Bejing.

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One Comment

  1. Your Friend says:

    I can only how Philip K. Dick would have responded to this news. It sounds so much like one of the governments in his crazy novels that the story just made me shiver.

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