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Saturday, February 23, 2008

China and a faked photo

This article says a lot about China, but not directly. China Eats Crow Over Faked Photo Of Rare Antelope Wall Street Journal -Feb 21, 2008. The photo was of a herd of antelope running under a bridge with the new Tibet/China high speed train on it.

Important Points:
1. Bloggers have a huge amount of power in China. China has 210 Million Internet users, 3X that of India, and 86% of them have a blog.
2. The Chinese Government is open to admitting mistakes.
3. The fake photo was discovered by Chinese.
4. The photo was heavily used in China, including in subways and won the CCTV prize for best photo. This indicates a sensitivity to the Environment.
5. The photographer/reporter has been blacklisted from further work. Translation - don't embarrass China.

I believe some good will actually come out of this, even with the photographer making a bad choice photo shopping the picture.

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