‘Yes, journalists in China do have it rough,’ Bullog blogger Siyi says back to a recent BBC article, ‘but we're not all the innocent victims that you seem to think’ in:
‘China is the largest prison for journalists?’
Prison? Or sauna center?
BBC 最近一篇文章中说：”The media rights group Reporters Without Borders describes the country as the world's ‘largest prison for journalists'”.（那个国家是世界上最大的记者的监狱。）
A recent BBC article said, “The media rights group Reporters Without Borders
describes the country as the world's ‘largest prison for journalists’.”
the country ，在那篇文章里，就是中国。
‘The country’, in this article, is China.
This word, prison, is both relevant, and not. It's relevant in that it reflects how tough Big Brother is in controlling public opinion. It's irrelevant in that it glorifies China's media. The relevant part doesn't need any more praise, so let's just focus on the irrelevant part.
The context of prison is actually that Chinese media professionals have been rounded up, similar to revolutionaries like Fang Zhimin
. I admit that there are still a few fine idealist media workers whose social consciences still haven't gone numb, who persist in being the Socratic gadflies
of these preposterous times. As far as they're concerned, China definitely does seem like a prison.
但是更多的媒体人，已经顾不上照看什么社会良心，而是习惯把屈服权贵当成”讲政治”，把无中生有当成”创造性”， 把哗众取宠当成”新鲜感”， 把低级趣味当成”平民化”。对他们来说，媒体不再是天下公器，而是一种工具——为个人争取印着毛主席胖脸的纸张，为头头争取比牛博沙发更宽大的交椅，为集体争取跟十大魅力女性一样名满天下的荣誉。因此，他们被官府逼奸，与商业和奸，却又将民意诱奸。对这样的媒体人来说，中国肯定不是一所监狱，而是一所桑拿中心。
But most media types have already stopped caring about a social conscience, and have gotten used to seeing submitting to authorities as ‘talking politics’, fabrications as ‘creativity’, seeking acceptance as ‘a fresh feeling’, vulgarities as ‘popular culture’. As they see it, the media is no longer a weapon for the public, but a kind of tool—with which one struggles for pieces of paper printed with Chairman Mao's fat face
or a chair for the bosses bigger than the sofa front row to my comments box, or for as much recognition as the ten most charming women in the world. Therefore, they've been forced by officials to deceive, to cooperate by big business, and even seduce the people. For media workers like these, China is definitely not a prison, but a sauna center.
Sina.com‘s Chinese name—xin新+lang浪—can be interpreted in either of two ways: New Wave, as most people see it, or friend-of-Bullog blogger Yang Meng's take—in which he uses, presumably as emphasis, the same sort of language for which he takes Sina to task—based on his recent scan of the news portal website's headline choices, New Dissolute:
A look at Sina's “Dissolute Headlines”
The e-mail I use most often is Sina's. You can log in on their main page, but you're forced to endure visual rape by their retarded news. The problem is, I check my e-mail every day, so I'm raped for free by Sina pretty much once every day.
For a fairly “long time”, my body and mind have been fairly unhappy.
Using Sina's front page on October 20 as an example, you can see from the headlines, ‘hearsay’ and ‘rape and plunder’ models occupy.
The Truth About Lu You's Divorcing his Cousin
The Best of All The Women I've Ever Known (photo)
自拍女王 帅哥半裸写真 红外透视照片
Self-shot Infrared X-Ray Portraits of Half-Naked Queen, Handsome Guy
Biggest-Busted Babes’ Sexy Photos
Having a Transsexual Wife is Not Bad
Living People Dressed as Corpses’ Street Party
A Hooker's Online Diary
Woman Stabbed to Death in Elevator (photo)
The Last Male Virgin
The Young Female Landlady and I
Rich Wives Club's Hot Project
The Most Complete Group Photo of Raging Pregnant Women in History
From Empress-to-Hooker Story
Accompanying a Strange Woman through Labor
ZaiZai and Big S’ Brother-Sister Love
Marry a Witch as a Wife
Diary of a Lewd Thief
DV: Some Lesbian's Interior Monologue
A Schoolgirl's Scotch Tape on Her Shoulders
Stacked Little Sister Running on the Beach
Complete Process of an Ordinary Girl's Metaphorsis in a “Pink” Salon…
What I hate the most are the headlines with a “(photo)” at the end. You'll often notice that the “photo” and the text are completely unrelated. Basically it's ‘click fraud.’ If you're going to click-cheat people, then so be it. Who says pornographic violence is counter-productive? What regulated news, what elegant writing, what beauty, what honesty, what standards, what subversion, all to be found at Sina. Here we have half-finished jobs, loose ends, all glaringly obvious in their collective ugliness. I refer to this as “Dissolute (lang浪) News”.
I've seen dissolute, but I've never seen anything this dissolute. These kinds of lousy headlines set a standard, and in a portal website at that. From the looks of it, there's no logic to speak of to many things in China. Sina, wouldn't ya know it, has made a name for itself from being so dissolute.
Before you say they doth blog too loudly, here's a recent post from Sina blogger and sexologist Li Yinhe, as renowned in China as she is outspoken and controversial, calling for reforms to laws aimed at tackling China's most ubiquitous vice in:
‘The Legal and Moral Problems With Sex Work’
Department for Disease Prevention and Control recently began bringing sex workers together for education in AIDS prevention and treatment, as well as distributing free condoms. Many people expressed opposition to this method. Police vice squads also feel awkward about their own position, unsure which way they should be going. After all, according to existing public security management regulations, these sex workers should be tracked down and booked one-by-one, fined or sent away for labor re-education. This is the police's responsibility, but for now they can only look on helplessly and watch these sex workers walk into the hotel, attend the meeting and, finally, walk away, like they own the place. In brief, they don't know at which point a logical error occured, leaving them feeling conflicted and confused.
As I see it, the confused logic people are dealing with originates in confusion between the two domains of law and morality. The law manages matters of morality, and this has given rise to the creation of the awkward situation mentioned above. Specifically, adults’ sexual activities and the sex trade are things that should be determined by morales not rigidly restricted by the law. Because in accordance with the values of modern society, any sex acts not in violation of the three fundamental principles (voluntary, in private and between adults) should not be subject to legal sanctions, and the majority of workers and consumers within the sex trade have not violated any of the three fundamental principles. This is the reason most modern societies are choosing policies which decriminalize prostitution.
Prostitution is of utmost importance to the decriminalization stance. It exposes many people, especially moral conservatives wishing not to see it, to a reality: completely free sex is merely an ideal state of relations between the sexes and that in reality there exists a great deal of sexual relations which are not free. Among these relations, there are the following three types of female role:
Type one: prostitute. Short-term trade relationship, no marriage contract.
Type two: concubine who, aside from the man, has no other source of income (current term: second milk [mistress]). Long-term support relationship, no marriage contract.
Type three: wife who, aside from the man, has no other source of income. Long-term support relationship, with marriage contract.
Clearly, there is no inherent difference between these three types of people. For that reason, to only sanction one or two types is illogical; it's also unfair. And nowhere in the world is there someone who feels a wife with a support relationship with a husband merits legal sanctions. In the same manner, the other two types of people also do not merit legal sanctions. In accordance with general societal moral standards, free sex is morally sound, but sex that is not free is morally reprehensible. But, any adult and any citizen has the right to choose their own moral standards. If he chooses a kind of immoral lifestyle, societal morales can criticize him, educate him, but they don't have the right to use the law to punish him. To use the law as a means to punish citizens’ immoral behavior, this is a kind of moral out-of-touchness with legislation. The basic principles of a modern legal system are in not, based on the moral standards of a part of society, setting laws to punish another part of society whose behavior has not infringed upon other people's rights.
In the time since mainland China implemented reforms, women in impoverished regions have escaped poverty by means of prostitution, and in those places there has appeared a situation of ‘smile at poverty but not at prostitutes’. This reflects women's low status, a decline in women's moral standards and a decline in societal moral standards as well. This kind of phenomenon is of the same nature as the issue of women becoming “gold digger” wives; all involve the behavior of women selling sex as a commodity. Only the former (sex workers) are short-term, with multiple retail, while the latter (full-time wives) are long-term, with one-time wholesale. If legal means are used to sanction, to only sanction the former but not the latter is illogical, and nobody would support a stance which would see legal sanctions being put on the former. From this it can be deduced that the use of legal means to sanction the former is unfair. If the above logic is complete, we can only make the following conclusion: in dealing with the act of prostitution, only steps can be taken which raise the status of women, as well as the moral standards both of women and all of society, and that steps towards outlawing and criminalizing prostitution cannot be taken as a solution. Just as the Wolfenden Report
points out: private immoral behavior should not become a criminal offence or the target of legal sanctions.
My position on countermeasures which deal with prostitution is that on top of China's current legal foundation, which does not count prostitution as a criminal offence, further steps should be taken to see prostitution decriminalized. This implies that the clauses of public security ordinaces currently in effect concerning prostitution activities as well as the clauses of criminal law currently in effect concerning pimping need to be amended. Mutually voluntary trade behavior between adults should be specified according to commercial laws and regulations. Regarding the question of current societal morality, steps should be taken to strengthen moral education, long-term efforts for subtle influence, but illegitimate draconian laws cannot be used in an attempt to resolve moral problems all in one shot; rushing like this will only botch everything.