Wednesday, April 30, 2008

China blocking RSS podcast feeds

When I was last in China (in March), I found it fascinating which podcast RSS feeds the Net Nannies blocked and which they did not. This motley mix of censoring the benign and leaving salty feeds uncensored (e.g., the Distorted View podcast) really emphasizes the keystone cop nature of China's Net Nannies.


60 Minutes



Scott Sigler

Pacific Coast Hellway

UC Radio Podcast

Best of National Geographic

The Economist

Talk Radio News

The Onion Radio News

This American Life

Well Told Tales

Comedy Central Stand-up

WSJ Tech News Brief


Distorted View

BBC - Best of Today - not salty, but interesting that this BBC feed is not blocked given that the BBC was in a tiff with China a few years back, etc.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

the blocked feeds are considered too trashy for chinese minds, so big brother must protect his protectorates from western trash. the economist, of course, is too capitalist and "western."

the bbc has only recently been unblocked, mebbe one or two weeks ago.

chinese civilians cannot think for themselves, so they need big brother to protect them from disruptive and trashy influences from abroad. the nannies aren't censoring, they are merely keeping people in line.

isolationalism is fatal. with globalization, international cooperation is crucial. i can't recall a space trip in which a chinese was part of the astronautical team. a japanese or russian or indian, yes. but a chinese astronaut has orbited the earth. perhaps the chinese will colonize mars before the americans will. it's a cold, cold place, though. will need a lot of fuel to warm up the place. can't use fossil fuels there, though. will have to come up with some other form of fuel, since mars is further away from the sun than the earth. perhaps martial moonlight will provide energy.

speaking of chinese et al, hey, tonight i taught my baby how to count to 5 in mandarin, and she did it just like that. i've been trying to teach her how to count in english for weeks, and all she hashes out is "sec sec sec". perhaps chinese was meant to be her first language? would it mess her up if i taught her english and chinese simultaneously?