I feel compelled to post this video, of tender, heartwarming moments captured by Russia’s ubiquitous dashboard cameras not just because it’s beautiful and uplifting, which it is, but also because I think there’s a message to take away from a Chinese perspective.
There are hundreds, probably thousands, of videos taken from Russian dashboard cameras (and security cameras, and people’s mobile phone cameras) that show crazy, dangerous, disgusting shit happening. The image of Russia presented on the English-language web is one heavily skewed towards the insane. As this video shows though, plenty of nice, normal, kind people live in Russia, where they do really nice things a lot of the time. This is also true in China.
I’m not saying that Shanghaiist is going to stop posting videos of crazy traffic accidents, or gross out surveillance footage of people pooping in public, but rather – and let this also be a rebuttal to those knuckle-dragging xenophobes who invariably leave disparaging comments about the Chinese people/character on those posts – a reminder that this is not the full picture. Good things happen every day, they just happen to not be as entertaining to watch as the bad stuff. But they do happen, and that’s worth pointing out.
[Via: Kottke, Naked Capitalism]