Today¡¯s New York Times reports China¡¯s amendment to Chinese constitution to allow private property ownership. China Approves Amendments to Constitution on Human Rights, By CHRIS BUCKLEY.
The very last paragraph touched on something else:
¡°Unity and stability are really more important than anything else, and that’s what I’m most concerned with as Prime Minister,” Mr. Wen said.¡±
The fact is, while the constitution was being amended during the past weekend, two of the largest weblog hosting company shut down their services: blogbus and blogcn. Approximately 90% of my Chinese RSS subscription come from those two services. Suddenly my rss reader went deathly quiet. All the names, characters, voices, words, funny or sad lines, suddenly disappeared. As if a vibrant universe suddenly darkened.
Some of their subscribers were circulating the same letter mentioned by Prime Minister Mr. Wen.
It reminded me of South America, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and all those places that have been torn by civil war, when people¡¯s loved ones start disappear without any explanation.
What are happening in Chinese weblog world are virtual disappearances.
It is funny that NYT actually adds ¡°Human Rights¡± to the end of the title on this report; does no one know what is happening to Chinese people¡¯s freedom of speech? Did media turned a blind eye to all the disappearance in Chile, Sri Lanka, South Africa, too? Is this a pattern?
I find it ironic that Chinese parliament chose to show their gesture at expanding Chinese people¡¯s material freedom at exactly the same time when shutting up people¡¯s voice. What¡¯s even more bizarre was that Western Media seemed to be in full agreement with Chinese government. Maybe the only freedom that any institution or mass media really cares is nothing but material freedom. As long as people have the freedom to consume, then capitalism won¡¯t die. Who cares if the consumer is forbidden to speak his/her mind?
One of those weblogs that disappeared this weekend belonged to ¡°zeze¡±. Her weblog¡¯s name is ¡°Witch zeze¡¯s magic plant¡±. I always liked her tag line, which says, ¡°A plant is a creature that will continue to grow, as long as it is not dead.¡± I found that aspect of anyone¡¯s blog appealing. When I am too busy to update my own weblog, I would remember that tag line and think, it is okay, it is not dead, it will continue to grow, it is just taking a break, it is hibernating. When any of my beloved weblog stops updating for a while, I would say the same thing to myself, believe that someday, somehow, it will spark a tiny new leaf, to let us know, it is still growing¡
I truly wish these suddenly disappeared weblog will return someday, somehow, and continue to grow¡