CDT’s latest in their ongoing translations from the Chinese blog Ministry of Truth reveal a list of eight prominent news items that the Propaganda Department doesn’t want “hyped” in the Chinese media. Among the typically sensitive subjects of murder, death, promiscuity, etc., we found a more bizarre missive: “The retention or abandonment of World Expo pavilion buildings.”
The dismemberment of the pavilions has thus been deemed simply too painful for the Chinese to watch. Or maybe they’re shooting for a more supernatural angle, where, like Jesus, Expo never actually dies but instead ascends directly to heaven.
So what is to become of our
absurdly expensive beloved pavilions? Well, searching the webz yielded paltry results at first, until I exchanged the words “demolition of expo” with “fate of expo.” Keeping with the holy personification above, apparently we’re dealing with a broader destiny here, not just pretty hunks of metal and wood.
Interestingly, according to one CCTV report, the reason China wont be keeping some of the more pricey pavilions like Japan or Saudi Arabia is that they can’t afford the intellectual property rights regarding technology used during construction required to own them! So instead, they’re either selling them off, auctioning them off for charity, shipping them back to their respective countries, or of course dismantling them for scrap.
Fate of Expo aside, this week’s propaganda directives also call for the omission of a number of other big news items. The Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony will be subject to a complete media blackout (if we can’t see it, it doesn’t exist, right?) Items labeled “negative and sham news” and thus to be avoided also include the Bloody Map we reported on last week and the Li Gang scandal, which they refer to simply as “traffic at Hebei university.”