Oh, boy. Get the whole country ratting out each other.
The app was designed by a government agency, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).
The Chicoms want people to report each other for “denying Party… in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking.” They’ll solve that problem by erasing people’s thinking. Any criticism–er, “misinformation” (Gee, that sounds familiar!)–of the state, the party, of Chinese history, or any action taken by the government is to be reported.
That smacking sound you hear is Western leftids licking their chops in envy.
But at least there’s nothing in the least bit sinister about our sports leagues, Hollywood, and assorted politicians and academics totally selling out to China. It’s for our own good, don’t you know. Socialist paradise. Everybody on the same page, all the time. Or else.
We have nothing left but our prayers; and we’d better use them.
Here we have the Chicoms banning TV spoofs and parodies. Don’t laugh–Big Tech is full of those who’d like to do the same. In fact, they’re already shutting down free speech without the government having to pass unconstitutional fake laws. It’s a whole new dimension in tyranny!
The government denies it. Just keepin’ track of the traffic, they say.
Hong Kong, a former British possession, was ceded back to China in the late 20th century and incorporated into the communist country as a “semi-autonomous” zone where vestiges of freedom would be allowed to persist. The catch is, semi-autonomy ends in 2047, at which time Red China will swallow up Hong Kong. But a lot of people in Hong Kong think the Chicoms won’t wait that long.
Despite government denials that the lampposts are being used to spy on people, protesters have been sawing them down, breaking them with sledge hammers, and pulling out the wiring. It seems they don’t trust their city’s puppet government which exists at the sufferance of the reds in Peking (“Bay-jing” to show-offs).
They also believe that the lampposts are being used to track them by means of “chips that are now mandatory on people’s local identification cards.” That wailing sound you hear in the background is jealous American liberals wishing they could do that here. So people in Hong Kong have learned to block the chips by using aluminum foil–“wrap your whole wallet,” popular wisdom says.
Human liberty is the gift of God; it is not natural to fallen man in a fallen world. That’s why there’s always someone, usually lots of someones, trying to wipe it out. Utopian humanist governments always wish to be as gods. They always turn out to be as devils.
We’ve all seen this: half a dozen young people seated at a table, every one of them glued to his or her phone instead of interacting face to face. And a lot of us know somebody who can’t be born away from his computer.
Here, the hapless nerd is committed into the program, usually by his parents, for three to six months. The three chief elements of the “therapy” are 1) denial of access to all electronic devices, 2) no outside contact, and 3) training the subject to “follow all orders.” Plus lots of calisthenics.
Lamented one dad, “We couldn’t control him anymore,” adding that his son was spending 20 hours a day on the computer.
According to the guy who runs the camp, Internet addicts are generally run-down physically, their eyes suffer, and–dig this!–brain capacity decreases by around 8%! But you can get the same results by watching The View.
He estimates some 24 million young people in China are Internet-addicted.
Well, there you have it–better living through coercion. You can bet American liberals are already wondering if they could use these techniques to engineer our own socialist utopia.
But all those addictions, of whatever kind, are about a futile effort to fill a hole in the soul that only God can fill.