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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 12:13:41 PM
Ahhh so, Confusious say: Man with no contest, is like man without eggroll. BWAHAHAHAHA (With bits of rice flying from his mouth.)
 
2004-09-29 12:14:53 PM
I guess I'll stick to the decency of fark, where a plane full of Arabs crashes and people say "serves them right" in the comments.
 
2004-09-29 12:17:37 PM
where a plane full of Arabs crashes and people say "serves them right"

Oh will you Americans get over yourselves? Not everything in the world (get your head out of your ass, you'll see there is one) is related to your plane crash in the buildings thingy? the 9/11 thing is soooo 2001. getting old.
 
2004-09-29 12:18:53 PM
RTFA people.

"China Central Television removed several executives after it was censured..."

"The lottery angered Moscow, offended many viewers and prompted lively commentaries on China's Internet bulletin boards. Most praised efforts to crack down on such programs."
 
2004-09-29 12:21:56 PM
voxriot

Actually, I wasn't referring to 9/11 at all - I was referring to (I assume American, but asshattery knows no borders) farkers who cheered on a plane crash several months ago because it was in the mideast. There was an earthquake in Afghanistan that prompted the same response.
 
2004-09-29 12:22:14 PM
That's just wrong
 
2004-09-29 12:23:18 PM
voxriot:

I think you misunderstood his post.
 
2004-09-29 12:23:18 PM
bigbadideasinaction

farkers who cheered on a plane crash several months ago because it was in the mideast. There was an earthquake in Afghanistan that prompted the same response.

Oops, my bad. one slice of humble pie please.
 
2004-09-29 12:24:08 PM
we get this channel at my cable company. i dont know how i missed this.

/then again i dont watch it that much
 
2004-09-29 12:30:55 PM
voxriot

No worries... I read the post again and saw how that could have been mistaken...

Not that I don't think the station doing this was sick to do so, but FARK is hardly in any position to claim the moral high ground...
 
2004-09-29 01:09:46 PM
Ahhhhhhh you gotta love the Chinese and their crazy little death games.
 
2004-09-29 01:10:48 PM
Ouch.
 
2004-09-29 01:10:54 PM
I played "guess the number of flashcards" my boss would come back with after his trip to China last week. Teh winnar? 30 CF cards @20GB. Might be a couple good shots in there, and he didn't get harassed taking photos anywhere, much to our surprise. It was interesting to see the pix of people in a small town, riding dusty, beat-up bicycles while talking on cell phones.
 
2004-09-29 01:11:17 PM
Actually all of their guesses were probably pretty close. You know how good at math those people are.

//knows a Chinese person who's really good at math
 
2004-09-29 01:18:37 PM
www.alllooksame.com
 
2004-09-29 01:22:04 PM
2004-09-29 12:30:55 PM bigbadideasinaction

...
Not that I don't think the station doing this was sick to do so, but FARK is hardly in any position to claim the moral high ground...


This is a good example of overgeneralization. In fact, you simply equated fark as a whole with the actions of a subset of posters on fark. Exactly the same thing as the people confusing the actions of a few in China with "the Chinese"... there isn't enough information in the article to conclude otherwise.

This story could just as easily have been about any other country...

That said, I'm hardly a fan of China.
 
2004-09-29 01:26:12 PM
...FARK is hardly in any position to claim the moral high ground...

You say that like we're all of the same mind on FARK. Don't commit the "category mistake".
 
2004-09-29 01:36:34 PM
I'm glad a lot of Farkers can still see the humor in this thing. I've been alienating a lot of my fellow students today by saying I found this amusing, in a dark sort of way.
 
2004-09-29 01:42:26 PM
I ate Lenny: That's because it appears that some cannot separate the tragedy (the massacre) from the comedy (having a massacre lottery). What happened in Beslan was hardly a joking matter.
 
2004-09-29 01:50:03 PM
Inside the cultural id of every country is a Fox reality show trying to get out.

Remember, this isn't a freelance effort like the DC Sniper pool. CCTV is The Official Voice of the Chinese Government (think VOA, not PBS or BBC).

In a funny way, I'm actually rather impressed. Ten years ago, CCTV was full of Chinese dancing exhibitions, patriotic songs about agricultural reform, and women in semi-military garb opening the nightly news with "Good Evening Comrades", while reading All The News Zhongnanhai Sees Fit To Show (Now With 10% Real Information Content!).

The fact that there's enough editorial liberty for something this tacky and trashy to make it on the air is actually a * cough * Great Leap Forward for press freedom.
 
2004-09-29 01:52:25 PM
Godwin's Other Law:
The likelihood of threadjacking is directly proportional to its dullness.
 
2004-09-29 01:55:23 PM
Diogenes: The next tragedy is waiting to happen in North-Ossetia. They're gearing up for another war with the Ingusetians (some of the hostagetakers were Ingusetians). And they've already had so many wars in the Caucasus over the last few years even the Russians have lost count.
 
2004-09-29 02:07:21 PM
I ate Lenny: Are Ingusetians Muslim, also? Not indicting Islam, but it's a valid question.
 
2004-09-29 02:24:37 PM
that's cold. even for red china. nice friggin game.
on the up side, relative to this I feel a bit better about american media, not much, but some.
 
2004-09-29 02:25:58 PM
Oh, that's just too classy! Did they also play, "Guess the number of rape victims"? *sigh*

/not in a good mood
 
2004-09-29 04:01:18 PM
Well, it simply proves that ill will runs through all races, and none of us are immune.
 
2004-09-29 04:05:56 PM
This is probably the same channel that made that bogus "LIGHT YOURSELF ON FIRE!" on those poor Falun Dafa people. Horrible people they are.....
 
2004-09-29 04:08:26 PM
Anyone else seen these people? I'm in New York City, and they have a bunch of people reenacting the torture. Nasty if you ask me.
 
2004-09-29 04:48:24 PM
I remember three years ago, I was guessing at how many people were going to die in the WTC. It's like guessing how many jellybeans are in the jar! It's addictive.
 
2004-09-29 05:50:04 PM
I love China! wo ai zhong guo!
 
2004-09-29 06:35:58 PM
I'd be willing to bet Dan Rather broke this story.
 
2004-09-29 07:10:58 PM
Uh... what's the problem again?
 
2004-09-29 10:14:48 PM
The lottery angered Moscow, offended many viewers and prompted lively commentaries on China's Internet bulletin boards. Most praised efforts to crack down on such programs.

"Many SMS lotteries are nothing but a trap," Jiang Chen, a student in Nanjing, wrote on the website of Shenyang Jingbao, a north-eastern China newspaper.

"The chance to be rewarded is tiny, but you can always expect to pay extra money for your phone bill even if you respond just once," Jiang wrote.


...

The Chinese television station was running a dead pool on children, and this guy's worried about the contest being a rip-off?

There is something seriously diseased about Chinese culture if this is a representative reaction.
 
2004-09-29 10:15:43 PM
"Many SMS lotteries are nothing but a trap," Jiang Chen, a student in Nanjing, wrote on the website of Shenyang Jingbao, a north-eastern China newspaper.

"The chance to be rewarded is tiny, but you can always expect to pay extra money for your phone bill even if you respond just once," Jiang wrote."

Jiang...now there's a REAL sensitive guy.

Anyway, a couple months ago a fire in a school in India immolated 100 children, and at least 50% of the MANY comments on the Fark thread were of the crispy critter-variety; "jokes" and "puns". Think the Chinese are tasteless and tackey? We're just as bad, if not worse-unless, of course, it's our own who buy it.
 
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