Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Adventures in Chinese television




State-regulated Chinese TV conjures images of propaganda, whether dull or sinister, in the eyes of westerners. But Moira Weigel, writing in N+1, found something that's harder to see as exotic and foreign. Of Shanghai Media Group, where she volunteered:
It had become an association of what were effectively PR companies, like ICS, making advertisements — if not for individual products, then for the high life available in China’s booming coastal cities. Slicker than CNN, more aggressively confident than CNBC, it was our own publicity apparatus refracted back to us — in a country where largesse and wealth still carried the scent of overall growth, rather than sour, curdled privilege.
Weigel juxtaposes the slick, apolitical...
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