There is too much information for me to consume these days.
My brain does not work very well. There are many things I want to comment on but don’t know how to start, like the Google’s case, Baidu’s case, and the recent news happening to many companies.
I just feel I cannot find quiet time to sit down to think about all these. The busy hours at work and busy schedule seem to be pretty hard for me.
When I started a new blog entry, I just feel where to get started. I admit anyone’s attention and brain power is limited resource. I just didn’t, and was not able to pay as much attention to the city I am living – Shanghai – as many years ago, and cannot focus on my life (personal life) as much as before. Yifan is a big life changer, and the business world is another.
Any reader felt the change over the last few years? I just hope I would be as helpful as two or three years ago, and report what is happening in Shanghai as before, but … I am no longer a normal citizen who take bus, metro, and taxi to hang around this city any more…
I’m in the same boat. I’ve been tweeting all the important #googlecn articles and posts, but haven’t had a time to think about it enough to write my own perspective.
It is a depressing turn of events. It is an example of the “bitter winter” of control the country is going through. Some other friends of mine just shared they are leaving China and coming back to the US. That makes me wonder why I want to come to China!
Google’s pending departure is puzzling. The only explanation that makes sense is the “fictive” explanation you alluded to, coupled by increasing control and increasing efforts to cross boundaries to hack into private information.
Anyway, keep sharing about your life. Your readers still find it helpful!
“Control” is not the real reason Google is leaving China. This is only an easy excuse they are using. They are leaving with a deeper reason that’s not convenient to speak of.
What is very “interesting” to me from the Google event is not really what happened with Google… but the reactions from people. I need to point out that the event is less reported in US… though there are articles on newspapers, but I haven’t heard any of my friends talking about it. But from what I can read online… mostly from China, things are taking turns everyday… it is a bit crazy. I am not sure what it is… my impression from the reactions so far is that a lot of people (Chinese) don’t believe anything other than they “know” something is NOT is true (like the upstair Jim… how do you know that “control” is not the real reason? Are you one of the Google’s decision makers?).
The fact is, at the moment, except what was said from Google’ “statement”, nobody really said much… not from the Chinese gov. nor from US gov. Yes, the US gov responded in such a way that make one thinks that it’s possible that whatever happened involved something more than just a random hackers’ acts. The other faces we know is that the internet “environment” is not “nice” in China. (Honestly, the tighten up internet in such a way as what is going on recently only shows extreme distrust of the gov to the people… it doesn’t match the achievement record of the country).
Should we just wait to see what’s going to happen? I lived in US for about 20 years, I haven’t seen any company need to use political “scam” to save face for their business failures. Is it possible, maybe, not so likely though… it’s just not the “culture”. maybe I just don’t know enough… give me some examples if somebody knows more. I do know what face means to Chinese/Chinese companies… is google.cn so much a Chinese company?
I am not surprised but surprised that quite some Chinese especially the ones from overseas jumped on the idea that businesses should “follow” Chinese law (mostly from readers’ comment on wsj.com and some Chinese sites). OK, I agree on the concept, but how about if the “law” frankly says that people have no right to know! Why on earth anybody (unless the “leadership”) would support such “law”! I felt quite strange for these past few days after reading some of the comments… I almost want to say that if it’s true that what many people really care is law as such, there is no reason for me to care about it anymore. After all, gov is not really the force to form the society… it is people. I don’t believe Chinese people should be less free than another people… I don’t believe Chinese people should be “parented” more than other people. But if somehow most of the people believe otherwise, I won’t have much to say.
WJS, I hope you’ll continue to write and share your thoughts… for me, a Chinese living in US and caring very much about China, it is so important to know there are people like you who are doing well and care… not just about how to be successful in the business world but also about a better life for people.
Found this from another website if you’re curious what really happened about the Google case from internal accounts:
http://www.zonaeuropa.com/201001b.brief.htm (Scroll down to  The Truth About The Google Affair, the original link has already been deleted probably due to GFW). The above URL maybe on the GFW list also.
I really hope the media picks up on this rumor. Google’s public reaction is just an “excuse” I believe. It will become more clear in the coming days.
“I don’t believe Chinese people should be less free than another people… I don’t believe Chinese people should be “parented” more than other people. But if somehow most of the people believe otherwise, I won’t have much to say.”
It seems like some Chinese people, such as Jackie Chan, apparently think this is true, which leads me to ponder whether these Chinese people actually think themselves are actually somewhat inferior than others so that they need to be controlled, monitored and oppressed.
“some Chinese especially the ones from overseas jumped on the idea that businesses should “follow” Chinese law (mostly from readers’ comment on wsj.com and some Chinese sites). OK, I agree on the concept, but how about if the “law” frankly says that people have no right to know! Why on earth anybody (unless the “leadership”) would support such “law”!”
Apparently after 60 years of being ruled by a bunch of thugs, some Chinese people have lost the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. They’d just follow what the government tells them and never question the (Chinese) authorities. They’d always ask others to follow the ‘law’, while the ‘law’ is often imaginative (doesn’t really exist) and even their government itself has no interest in following the law (doesn’t the Chinese constitution guarantee freedom of expression and publication?).
:) It’s great pleasure to see you keep on writing blogs. I suppose it cool, meaningful and helpful. :)
I believe the internet is overloading people with so much information that they can’t possibly digest all of it. A little overwhelming to say the least.
Information needs to be broken down into a simple fashion.