The Chinese government really wants to have bloggers on their side. A group of popular web celebrities, many of whose names were not released, gathered at the Beijing headquarters of CCTV earlier this week to discuss (i.e. be told) how their internet fame could be used to help maintain order and promote a socialist society. In other words, how to take advantage of their followers, self-censor, and love the Chinese government.
The meeting was reported upon by the People’s Daily (of course) and translated by TechInAsia:
Everyone agreed that internet celebrities should take on additional social responsibilities [so] the group reached a common agreement to protect “seven minimums”: the first is the legal minimum, the second is the socialist minimum, the third is national interest minimum, the fourth is the lawful citizens’ interests minimum, the fifth is the public order minimum, the sixth is the moral traditions minimum, and the seventh is the accurate information minimum.
Think Jiang Zemin’s “Three Represents” meets Weibo and WeChat. That said, the “minimums” aren’t laws; they’re just obnoxious reminders that the government is not only reading much of what goes online, but is also seeking to manipulate it. The minimums are vague, uncomfortably puritanical, and were hopefully forgotten by all in attendance as soon as they left the building.
[Image: CCTV Headquarters, via Wikipedia]