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Thursday, Mar 4, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by Kate Merkel-Hess and Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom
Dissent Magazine (11 February 2010)

“THE LAST Chinese story to make international headlines in 2009 and the first to capture global attention this year seem, at first, to have little in common. One involved the tragic plight of a persistent critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced to a long prison term on Christmas Day. The other has centered on the actions and statements of a giant American corporation and the Chinese government’s response to its charges of interference. There is, however, an important connection between Liu Xiaobo’s recent imprisonment and Google’s threats to leave China: the Internet. Between them, the Liu Xiaobo and Google stories shed important light on the multiple hopes and fears that Chinese cyberspace inspires and that are voiced through the virtual worlds that the Internet has brought into existence.”


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