Breaching the “Great Firewall of China”
Internet users in China temporarily slipped passed web censorship via Google+ and performed a mass spamming of President Obama’s wall, showering it with Chinese characters. Despite the hilarity of this situation, the posts themselves make an important statement. According to MSNBC, the posters made comments critical of China’s internet controls. One poster went all out against the government, “It is important to persistently let the world know about CCP’s evil deeds against China and Chinese people”. Global awareness of discontent within China is exactly what the Chinese censors fear.
Is this a glimpse of what the internet would be like without Chinese censorship? Or is this just a burst of excitement? It makes sense that the politically conscious in China would choose Obama’s profile to concentrate their message. However, the energy and presence of the users is an indication that an end to online censorship in China would surely add a new, significant dynamic to the worldwide web.