Even a censored Internet has opened up a world for Chinese users

One of China’s most popular bloggers, Han Han, posted a satirical essay this week in which he imagined headlines about China’s censored Internet in a post-Google era:In 2011, Google, Facebook and YouTube announce their return to the Chinese market — but the news is censored, so no one finds out. The government allocates 100 billion yuan as part of an economic stimulus package to hire people to post Internet comments; it sets a target of 100 billion positive posts. After a few years, e-mail disappears and 5 million Internet-related jobs are lost, but the revived postal service hires 100,000 workers. The People’s Daily writes: “One industry was sacrificed in return for the stability of the nation, but it was worthwhile.”

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