Whew! Well, folks, the NPC is finally over, and what a party it was! Well, it wasn’t quite as fun as C-Span, but after all the sanctimonious sloganeering, we were pretty excited about the New Socialist Countryside, Harmonious Society, Peaceful Development, growing the economy and creating win-win situations for mutual benefit.
After so much excitement, we decided to cut-loose for a bit, and check-up on the latest banalities of everyone’s favorite Shanghai deviant and scoundrel, but our connection timed out. “Well, that’s happened to him before,” we thought, and we went on to try a few other blogs. We first tried letting a few skeletons out of our own closet at PostSecret, but that didn’t work and neither did XiaXue. By this point, we were getting a little nervous, so we went for something safe and checked Future Cars, Hybrid Cars, but still nothing. Then we remembered, something else we heard at the NPC.
With all of the excitement, it seems we almost forgot that the government is once again tightening the screws of internet censorship. Specifically, the new changes are targeted against China’s bloggers and their 34 million blogs. LiveJournal was an early casualty of the new enforcement (they can’t very well be called “rules,” can they?), as well as Xanga, and now, it seems that BlogSpot has been blocked again.
If you wish to check for blocked sites, you could test for them here, if that site were not also blocked. Naturally, we here at Shanghaiist are absolutely thrilled with these developments, and we feel that the emperor’s clothes are perfectly exquisite.