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(The Daily Telegraph)   China's State TV channel CCTV4 ran SMS contest during Beslan hostage crisis for viewers to guess the death toll   (dailytelegraph.news.com.au) divider line 84
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2004-09-29 07:56:08 AM  
Oh come on, it's just a lower form of actuarial science being practied by invalids.
 
2004-09-29 08:00:25 AM  
Please God, let this be the death knell for reality TV.
 
2004-09-29 08:10:59 AM  
Not to resort to Cliches, but it's a trap!
 
2004-09-29 10:50:41 AM  
George Carlin: "And in other news, the Labor Day traffic fatalities were actually *lower* than last year's. You're not TRYIN', FRIENDS!"
 
2004-09-29 10:55:41 AM  
How dare the Chinese government crack down on obscene lotteries! Are they anti-capitalist or something???

Oh, wait...

/got nothing
 
2004-09-29 10:56:17 AM  
why can't they swap wives or whore themselves out to millionaires like a decent country?
 
2004-09-29 10:57:23 AM  
Classy.
 
2004-09-29 10:57:41 AM  
LMAO - I love China.
 
2004-09-29 10:58:58 AM  
They should do that in the US.
 
2004-09-29 11:01:38 AM  
'5'

/old skool
 
2004-09-29 11:01:53 AM  
Fox surrenders
 
2004-09-29 11:04:21 AM  
This is the same culture in which Mao causes the death of close to 40 million people yet every problem they have ever had is somehow the fault of "Western Imperialists". Not surprised at this asshattery.
 
2004-09-29 11:04:48 AM  
So who won?

/tasteless
 
2004-09-29 11:05:54 AM  
Death Vote Counters for Loot claim that although Kerrry guessed the correct number massecared, he actually meant to guess only half that number and his award should be revoked.
 
2004-09-29 11:06:06 AM  
Where is the sick tag?
 
2004-09-29 11:07:01 AM  
This is *so* offensive that it zooms right out of the other end of offensiveness until it's.... I don't know what!

/gobsmacked
 
2004-09-29 11:08:00 AM  
RandomExcess

Death Vote Counters for Loot claim that although Kerrry guessed the correct number massecared, he actually meant to guess only half that number and his award should be revoked.

This is a THREADJACK! Break yourself MOTHERFARKERS!
 
2004-09-29 11:11:14 AM  
good thing nothing like sniperpool.com started up here where you could place your prediction of when the dc sniper would hit next...
 
2004-09-29 11:12:02 AM  
good thing nothing like sniperpool.com started up here where you could place your prediction of when the dc sniper would hit next...

never mind. bad analogy.
 
2004-09-29 11:12:02 AM  
I consider myself a relatively open-minded guy and i don't often take sides in anything..but this is just sick and wrong. Three cheers for those who canned the asshats!
 
2004-09-29 11:16:01 AM  
haha. It's bad that I find this funny. XD
 
2004-09-29 11:16:53 AM  
Meh, we already had one of those contests in Europe during the Iraq invasion.

/one ticket please!
//your inflight movie will be Gigli
///NOOOOOOOO!
 
2004-09-29 11:17:01 AM  
What do you expect from an uncivilized people that will eat anything from Elk testicles, bear claws,bird poop soup and insects and kill and/or abandon baby girls?? Their moral compass is so far off no wonder they are lost. These sick farks will replace the US as the only superpower in about 10 years after Dubya morally and financially bankrupts the US.

/still not taking Meds and the tinfoil hat is at the cleaners
 
2004-09-29 11:17:13 AM  
Get over it. Jesus, maybe everyone should leave their farking "moral compass" at the door. I've never seen so much crying in my life. It's the same damn thing that gets CBS fined for showing a tit on TV.
 
2004-09-29 11:18:44 AM  
They would eat canned asshats too. Even better fresh for lunch combo#4.
 
2004-09-29 11:19:15 AM  
Well I believe I speak for us all when I ask, did the winner get anything?
 
2004-09-29 11:20:04 AM  
It's a sign that I've been reading Fark too long that I think this is funny.
 
2004-09-29 11:21:17 AM  
Me Chinese, me play joke,
Me guess how many Russians go choke.
 
2004-09-29 11:22:10 AM  
I always suspected that those internet Death Pools were being won by some person in China.
 
2004-09-29 11:22:30 AM  
GRASS PARKING ROT!!!!

*ashamed*
 
2004-09-29 11:22:50 AM  
WHO DO YOU LOVE???

[image from dvdtalk.com too old to be available]
 
2004-09-29 11:23:38 AM  
Well, it's certainly tacky and in bad taste. But I also find it morbidly funny in a way.

Television stations should be able to show whatever they want. People can turn the channel and not watch. This hinges of course on being aware of what will be shown.

This doesn't apply to gov't run stations. Anything that might use the public's tax money (or the equivalent in China) is open to sensor.
 
2004-09-29 11:23:46 AM  
THAT's tasteful. And I'm sure it was the "SMS" aspect of it that was wrong, that's why SMS is now banned.

I wonder if they had the same contest during the Tiananmen Square events... actually they didn't because SMS didn't exist then, but I wonder if they would have.
 
2004-09-29 11:24:41 AM  
Wow, a Sega Master System contest! What game where they using? SMS Moonwalker? Alex Kidd? Psycho Fox?
 
2004-09-29 11:24:46 AM  
Does this mean that we can play the "How many Chinese will die from this season's version of the bird flu?" game?
 
2004-09-29 11:25:27 AM  
Anything that might use the public's tax money (or the equivalent in China) is open to sensor.

That's the funny thing about China... it's the private media that gets censored, not the public one...
 
2004-09-29 11:25:49 AM  
I wonder if this would have happened at all and if it did, if it would have generated any international notice if the lottery had been guessing the death toll from annual floods that plague China.

...or perhaps earthquakes

...or SARS outbreaks

...or Bird Flu epidemics
 
2004-09-29 11:26:11 AM  
They could have a whole show on it. Let's all play - "THE DEATH TOLL IS RIGHT!!!" After bidding on the number of people arrested in Tiennamen Square in '89, you'll get the chance to play...."CHINKO!!!"

/Fark Political Correctness
 
2004-09-29 11:27:02 AM  
Or the Chinese Wheel of Prisoners Executed for Their Organs for Sale to Rich Westerners Game. I really like that one. Good production values.
 
2004-09-29 11:27:53 AM  
clevershark

Well yes, this is true. But as I don't live in China and have no experience living under that kind of system I can only bring my American arrogant superiority angle to the whole thing.
 
2004-09-29 11:29:22 AM  
...but really, it sounds like the objection was to the capturing the people's text messaging info and then sending them spam.

No objections at all to the betting or the particular subject being bet upon.
 
2004-09-29 11:30:27 AM  
That Southpark episode about SARS was hilarious.
 
2004-09-29 11:38:31 AM  
Hefty Neil

What do you expect from an uncivilized people that will eat anything from Elk testicles, bear claws,bird poop soup and insects and kill and/or abandon baby girls?? Their moral compass is so far off no wonder they are lost. These sick farks will replace the US as the only superpower in about 10 years after Dubya morally and financially bankrupts the US.

/still not taking Meds and the tinfoil hat is at the cleaners


This is a THREADJACK! Break yourself MOTHERFARKERS!
 
2004-09-29 11:41:54 AM  
asshats.
 
2004-09-29 11:50:58 AM  
The value of individual human life in China is nill. It must a meme evolved from living in an enourmous population. Call it racist if you will, I think there's something to that.
 
2004-09-29 11:51:45 AM  
The Chinese culture is much older than ours. This is super evolved humor that we can't hope to understand.
 
2004-09-29 11:58:34 AM  
Speaking for all the potential Farkers here in China, SMS is another way for phone companies to squeeze their customers, CCTV is a jingoistic joke, and the Chinese (one of the most delightfully xenophobid nations on the face of the earth) have hated the Russians for centuries. Those executives who were fired weren't canned because they were different from anybody else in China, but because they made the network "lose face."
 
2004-09-29 12:01:04 PM  
Speaking for all the potential Farkers here in China, SMS is another way for phone companies to squeeze their customers, CCTV is a jingoistic joke, and the Chinese (one of the most delightfully xenophobic nations on the face of the earth) have hated the Russians for centuries. Those executives who were fired weren't canned because they were different from anybody else in China, but because they made the network "lose face."
 
2004-09-29 12:01:30 PM  
The Chinese culture is much older than ours. This is super evolved humor that we can't hope to understand.

When did America get culture?

/i keeed
/runs
 
2004-09-29 12:06:52 PM  
Argh. Can I get a witness (better yet, a mod to delete that Boobies)? Thank you.
 
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