I just finished watching John Oliver's video on China and Xi Jinping, and I couldn't help but start reading some of the chinese comments there and one caught my eye. It's hard to tell whether it's a legitimate chinese person's frustration, gov propaganda, etc. But one thing it made me realize is that there actually is western propaganda against China. If you believe the reports, of course, it's easy to dislike China. And even our few interactions with what we believe to be the chinese government.... weren't ever confirmed such.
Is there a possibility that the "poor attempts" of the chinese gov to censor, squash criticism, etc. are actually done by western organizations? We're lead to believe China is a technological superpower, capable of tracking citizens with advanced facial recognition, gesture recognition, etc. software. Along with a complicated "credit" system that dictates control. But if that's the case, why when it comes to the censorship attempts does all that technological progress boil down to "zeronet is a shit"? At the time I kinda just laughed it off, but it really struck my core as something being off. This sort of incompetency isn't what you'd expect from a technological superpower.
We see the same trend with north korea. Despite their impressive built cities, their impressive military displays, custom gnu/linux distro, excellent propaganda pieces for western consumption.... they seem hilariously incompetent at actually managing the perception of themselves.
We see this trend again with Russia. World superpower, yet somehow unable to make a proper internet presence and influence viewpoints? We're lead to believe that any opposition to the US elite narratives is somehow russian meddling. We see their news organizations (RT) do solid work, sometimes better than western media. But again, somehow their image is solidly trashed and they seem to have no appearance? Both the left and right seem to hate Russia, as well as China and North Korea.
There's something really unnerving about the sheer incompetency, yet striking propaganda pieces by their "enemies" that has been happening and appears to be a global trend. We know here in the US our politicians are a bunch of buffoons who can't do much right.
It just seems really suspicious how all of the worlds leaders are seemingly so incompetent they can't manage their own countries, yet we're lead to believe they have a tight grip on everything? Which is it? What is the incentive in inflaming these narratives?
If Russian And Chinese users could comment and share their thoughts that'd really be great. It's hard to get a clear view while digging through American propaganda, and naturally I'm in california where a huge portion of this shit comes from.
I'll repost the youtube comment here for discussion:
When we were the sick man of Asia, we were called the yellow peril.
When we are billed to be the next superpower, we are called the threat.
When we closed our doors, you smuggled drugs to open markets.
When we embrace free trade, you blame us for taking away your jobs.
When we were falling apart, you marched in your troops and wanted your fair share.
When we tried to put the broken pieces back together again, free Tibet you screamed, It was an invasion!
When tried communism, you hated us for being communist.
When we embrace capitalism, you hate us for being capitalist.
When we have a billion people, you said we were destroying the planet.
When we tried limiting our numbers, you said we abused human rights.
When we were poor, you thought we were dogs.
When we loan you cash, you blame us for your national debts.
When we build our industries, you call us polluters.
When we sell you goods, you blame us for global warming.
When we buy oil, you call it exploitation and genocide.
When you go to war for oil, you call it liberation.
When we were lost in chaos and rampage, you demanded rules of law.
When we uphold law and order against violence, you call it violating human rights.
When we were silent, you said you wanted us to have free speech.
When we are silent no more, you say we are brainwashed-xenophobes.
“Why do you hate us so much﹖”we asked.
“No,” you answered, “we don't hate you.”
We don't hate you either, but, do you understand us?
“Of course we do, ”you said, “We have AFP, CNN and BBC's ……”
What do you really want from us?
Think hard first, then answer, because you only get so many chances.
Enough is enough, enough hypocrisy for this one world.
We want one world, one dream, and peace on earth.
This big blue earth is big enough for all of us.