freedom battles updates
3. CHINA IS INNOVATING !
China‘s webspace is infamous for censorship, but increasingly, public relations firms there are helping their clients “manage” online conversations. China-based firms such as Daqi, Chinese Web Union and CIC “charge $500 – $25,000 monthly to monitor postings and squelch negative information or to create positive buzz,” reports BusinessWeek. Their clients include Nike,PepsiCo, McDonald’s, Toyota and L’Oreal. Chinese Web Union (CWU) “pays thousands of people to write nice things about clients, and it compensates forum leaders who spread positive information and quash bad publicity.” For Subaru, the firm helped manage criticism that the company’s Chinese name “sounds like ‘death to the Eighth Route army,’ which was perceived as insulting to a Chinese unit that battled Japan in World War II. CWU urged forum leaders to delete negative comments, then asked its writers to post positive news about Subaru.” Daqi and CIC “acknowledge pampering online opinion leaders,” including by inviting them to events “where they can test and discuss new products.”
2. A nice spot against omophoby, for sexual rights:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOf967OGuSw&eurl=http://queerworld.splinder.com/
1. John Pilger at Socialism 2007, Chicago
THIS VIDEO IS A MUST. IN THE VIDEO: SOMETHING NASTY AND ROUGH ABOUT BBC AND NYT in Times of “global war”. Australian journalist, author, film maker John Pilger speaks about global media consolidation, war by journalism, US military’s quest for domination/hegemony in the post 9/11 era, false history in the guise of ‘objective’ journalism.
Filmed in Chicago at Socialism 2007: Socialism for the 21st Century by Paul Hubbard. June 16, 2007 Broadcast on Democracy Now – The War and Peace Report – August 7, 2007
Paul Hubbard – www.myspace.com/paulh52
John Pilgrim talks (at 14′) about his secret interviews with Carta77 militants in Prague at the time, who told him (like some Chinese friends tell us NOW): Under a dictatorship we have an advantage over you – we don’t believe a single word of what the press says.
The video is linked, among others, at the end of his long and nice presentation, by: