Friday, February 22, 2008

Breaching the great firewall of China


My post identifying music blogs blocked by the Chinese government has caused justified indignation over on Renewable Music, Soho the Dog and elsewhere. But here is how you breach the great firewall of China. Make sure New Music Reblog mirrors your site, because that's not blocked.

Martin Scorsese's 1997 film Kundun, with its Philip Glass score, was a brave and pioneering anti-Chinese government statement. Remember you read it here first.
Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

7 comments:

Patty said...

Ah ... but if New Music Reblog won't link to a certain blogger (sigh) ... just like Blognoggle won't link to a certain blogger (double sigh) ... what's an oboist to do?

(But, then again, maybe the Chinese government loves me? I've not gotten that think that checks for blogging to work for me. I think I'm too stupid to figure it out, even though it looks mighty simple.)

Pliable said...

Patty, I'm afraid your blog is blocked, both on the new domain and also on your old blogger.com site (there is a blanket block on all blogger.com hosted blogs).

I'm afraid you'll just have to be nice to Chairman Jeff Harrington who manages the great New Music Reblog firewall.

Anna said...

I have just checked out my blog and it is also blocked.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention, but not quite sure what can be done...
Obviously music and musicians must be a controversial bunch.

Pliable said...

Anna, as above your blog is blocked due to a blanket bar on blogger.com hosted sites.

My domain is not blogger.com but is blocked, which is not surprising as I've carried pro-Free Tibet articles for several years.

But WebSitePulse do say "The banning of websites is mostly uncoordinated and ad-hoc, with some web sites being blocked and similar web sites being allowed or blocked in one city and allowed in another."

Which probably explains why New Music Reblog which mirrors my stories is not blocked. Sequenza21, which is under the same management, is also not blocked.

Uncoordinated and ad-hoc, but also very nasty. Just another manifestation of the denials of freedom imposed on Tibet by China for almost fifty years. Just a shame that it takes the Olympic Games to bring it to people's attention.

http://www.freetibet.org/aboutus/freetibet.html

Scott said...

Martin Scorsese's 1997 film Kundun, with its Philip Glass score, was a brave and pioneering anti-Chinese statement.

Anti-Chinese? I doubt that's really what you meant to say ...

Pliable said...

Scott, I think it was fairly obvious that by 'Chinese' I meant 'Chinese government', but to make sure I've added the word.

'Kundun is a 1997 film directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Melissa Mathison. It is based on the life and writings of the Dalai Lama, the exiled political and spiritual leader of Tibet. Both Scorsese and Mathison (along with several other members of the production) were banned by the Chinese Government from ever entering China as a result of making the film. Scholars have criticized the film for its controversial one-sided portrayal of sensitive historical events - from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kundun

Also

http://www.eonline.com/news/article/index.jsp?uuid=d7428fe3-03d2-4f41-a167-f54e8fa79af1

Anna said...

Thanks for clearing that up. It was obviously past my bedtime last night when I left the comment!