i wonder how many people i’m in the “i’d be down if you asked” zone with
I’m always kind of suspicious bc I think western media has a habit of sensationalizing any and all news coming from china or like they try to spin it to make china into this bizarre oppressive communist dystopia but at the same time unfortunately I don’t know enough about china’s politics to be able to discern anything for myself
it’s not really about being knowledgeable in all and every field of social, historical and political aspects so much as it is about knowing how to decode the media.
If the news piece compares China to North Korea, you can tell it’s bullshit. Same if they they mention ‘Mao Zedong mentality’ or communist utilitarianism philosophy, government brainwashing, ‘mindlessness/apathy/ignorance’ of the Chinese population, bizarre references to Confucius and/or Tiananmen or anything that seems to be pulled out of 1984…because they’re most likely pulling it out of their collective behinds. It doesn’t mean that the whole article is a complete and utter fabrication, just that it’s a heavily biased piece that shows you a very specifically orchestrated picture. This could be a Newsweek article, a CNN ‘special feature’ or just think-piece in a magazine
or that fucking tumblr post going around that literally says China is no better than NK.
Media has certain buzzwords when it comes to certain countries that are basically used to code them into a narrative. For India it’s mass-poverty, for Africa-the-country it’s starvation and famine, for the Middle East it’s honour killings. Japan and Korea is usually ‘weird things from this country’ and ‘Japanese people behave strangely’, but with a mix of exotification and neo-imperialism, we’re given a very skewed, very dehumanised version of these countries.
Most of the time, we don’t recognise it because there is literally no way to piece together a coherent picture unless you’re experiencing it first hand. Not everyone has the resources, time and knowledge to correct it, but what’s important is that you recognise when the image of China (and many other non-Western countries) is being manipulated. The fact that you’re already conscious of how you’re consuming media makes it far easier to spot sensationalism.
Diphylleia grayi also known as the skeleton flower. The petals turn transparent with the rain.
86 years ago today (1927) Gutzon Borglum began defacing the sacred BlackHills with Mt. Rushmore.
Everyone must remember that “Mt. Rushmore” (the Black Hills) does not legally belong to the federal government, and especially not to South Dakota. It was acknowledged as belonging to the sovereign Lakota Nation in the Sioux Treaty of 1868. The federal government STOLE the Hills from the Lakota, breaking the law they wrote with their own hands! The US is a repeat criminal but no one holds them accountable!
never fucking forget.