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  • So are these cases of the chinese being naive of the nature of the internet due to censorship, or is their government correct in censorship since, as a people, they just can't handle the information out there

    Or these people are like grandma who believe all the fw:fw:fw: emails they receive
  • Dead for Tax Reasons: So are these cases of the chinese being naive of the nature of the internet due to censorship, or is their government correct in censorship since, as a people, they just can't handle the information out there

    Or these people are like grandma who believe all the fw:fw:fw: emails they receive


    The level of freedom of speech we enjoy (which includes silly speech) is completely alien them and many others around the world. They either believe it's official speech, or speech allowed by officials.
  • FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.
  • Diogenes: The level of freedom of speech we enjoy (which includes silly speech) is completely alien them and many others around the world. They either believe it's official speech, or speech allowed by officials.


    To be fair, that was the actual Australian Prime Minister, and she did actually say those things. I guess China doesn't have a longstanding tradition of satire, parody and pranks on radio shows?
  • dbirchall: Diogenes: The level of freedom of speech we enjoy (which includes silly speech) is completely alien them and many others around the world. They either believe it's official speech, or speech allowed by officials.

    To be fair, that was the actual Australian Prime Minister, and she did actually say those things. I guess China doesn't have a longstanding tradition of satire, parody and pranks on radio shows?


    No, you're right. This one was especially challenging.
  • ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.


    You clicked the link? Why would you DO that? Why?
  • Dead for Tax Reasons: So are these cases of the chinese being naive of the nature of the internet due to censorship, or is their government correct in censorship since, as a people, they just can't handle the information out there

    Or these people are like grandma who believe all the fw:fw:fw: emails they receive


    yes
  • doczoidberg: She's kind of hot.


    it's the whole powerful women thing... isn't it?

    /chips, dips, chains, and whips FTW
  • ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.


    Do you even NoScript? Link
  • Dead for Tax Reasons: So are these cases of the chinese being naive of the nature of the internet due to censorship, or is their government correct in censorship since, as a people, they just can't handle the information out there

    Or these people are like grandma who believe all the fw:fw:fw: emails they receive


    The West is no better. After all, we fell pretty hard for that "Gangnam Style" hoax.
  • When I lived in Japan, the locals did not appreciate sarcasm at all.

    I just think it's a cultural difference between East Asia and the West.
  • HindiDiscoMonster: doczoidberg: She's kind of hot.

    it's the whole powerful women thing... isn't it?

    /chips, dips, chains, and whips FTW


    HindiDiscoMonster: doczoidberg: She's kind of hot.

    it's the whole powerful women thing... isn't it?

    /chips, dips, chains, and whips FTW



    Yes, it is.
  • The Jami Turman Fan Club: ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.

    You clicked the link? Why would you DO that? Why?


    I wasn't completely awake yet.

    Ol' Derpy Bastard: ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.

    Do you even NoScript? Link


    Does that disable everything though? Like Hulu and NPR and so on?
  • Bleyo: When I lived in Japan, the locals did not appreciate sarcasm at all.

    I just think it's a cultural difference between East Asia and the West.


    Heh - try adding a little sarcasm or irony to the comments section of your local newspaper and see how quickly it gets deleted if the section is moderated. The papers owned by McClatchy (News and Observer of Raleigh, Charlotte Observer, etc) are particularly notorious for this.

    In related news, the IT dept on campus sent out an "End of the World" email notification earlier this week that reminded everyone to have their TPS forms in early. That would be grreeaaattt . . .
  • ginandbacon: The Jami Turman Fan Club: ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.

    You clicked the link? Why would you DO that? Why?

    I wasn't completely awake yet.

    Ol' Derpy Bastard: ginandbacon: FARKING AUTOPLAY. Thanks a lot, Subass.

    Do you even NoScript? Link

    Does that disable everything though? Like Hulu and NPR and so on?


    It disables whatever you want it to disable. You can forbid Java, Flash, Silverlight, and other plug-ins in the UI.
  • Bleyo: When I lived in Japan, the locals did not appreciate sarcasm at all.

    I just think it's a cultural difference between East Asia and the West.


    I took a class in German Cinema in college. Our professor, and I agree, said the same of Germans. Sarcasm and satire are outside their frame of reference.

    When he said that, that old SNL Sprockets skit, "Germany's Most Disturbing Home Videos" suddenly made alot of sense.
  • And I'm now in love with the Australian PM.
  • A nation of people who will spend three months hard-earned salary on things like powdered shark penis think the Australian PM says the world is ending? NO WAY!
  • Diogenes: Dead for Tax Reasons: So are these cases of the chinese being naive of the nature of the internet due to censorship, or is their government correct in censorship since, as a people, they just can't handle the information out there

    Or these people are like grandma who believe all the fw:fw:fw: emails they receive

    The level of freedom of speech we enjoy (which includes silly speech) is completely alien them and many others around the world. They either believe it's official speech, or speech allowed by officials.


    It's not just that, at least by my experience with people from China. There's a cultural difference. Sarcasm and situations like this, the absurd stated with deadpan seriousness, particularly by heads of state, is almost unheard of. I mean, they DO have absurdist humor, certainly, and puns (for example, the word for "airplane" is, effectively, the same as the words for "fat chicken", just different tonal value which can make for deliberate and very silly statements), but what this lady did and what the Onion does just doesn't click.

    Out in a pub with a friend from China, there was this really annoying, seriously ugly-ass rude coont giving the bartender a hard time. He finally just tells her to screw, get out of his pub. She leaves. I looked at the bartender and said "Well, she was a lovely woman, wasn't she?" My buddy from China was totally perplexed as to why I'd say that while the bartender laughed. We BOTH had to try and explain it to him, but with his bad English and my bad Chinese, it took a while.
  • Didn't read. Webpage had 54 scripts, apparently, according to NoScript.

    PS if you want to really be anal about security, you can also run Ghostery, AdBlock Plus, and edit your hosts.txt to block IPs you don't like.
  • Not surprising. The Chinese people I work with (not Chinese-American) are very literal and do not recognize Western satire.
  • Ok, everyone, I want you to stop picking on China RIGHT NOW! You may think you're being funny, but what you are really doing called "Bullying". Think how you would feel if the whole world decided to make fun of your country's science and math skills. It would be pretty hurtful, right? So stop being a bully, OK?
  • Between my (slight) hearing loss, and the PM's accent, what I heard was not "flesh-eating zombies", but "fellatiating zombies"

    /even funnier, that way.
  • unchellmatt: *blah blah as if I knew what I was talking about...


    I should have said "at least among the Chinese people I've known". For all I know there could have been a HUGE percentage of the population that got it and get that sort of humor. At least the Chinese people I've known, sarcasm and deadpan goes right over their heads.
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