China Punks 09: “The Internet should be like the People’s Daily”

Recorded discontinuously on March 7, 2012.

We won’t bore you here on what we talked about this week.  We will, however, tell you that there are Apples, Tigers, Wangs, and more than you cared to hear about the “Two Meetings.”

And a disclaimer: Expect semi-coherent babbling brought on by exhaustion

More details to be inferred from links below.

Download or Stream China Punks 09: “The Internet should be like the People’s Daily”


A Window into the Demise and Bizarre Rebirth of TuanBao

We heart People’s Daily
Beautiful female journalists at two sessions (hat tip to Shanghaiist)
Beautiful service staff at the NPC and CPPCC sessions
Grandson of Chairman Mao attends CPPCC meeting

Mind Numbing “Two Meetings”
NPC Deputy Shen Jilan on “managing” the internet
Leadership Transition Looms Over NPC
CPPCC Rep: The Chinese Government Can’t Manufacture Steve Jobs
Rising Official Takes Aim at China’s Political Culture
Handshake in Beijing Sends Ripples Through Hong Kong

China’s Growth in 2012
World’s changed, man! World’s changed! (China edition)
Why China’s Urbanization Isn’t Creating a Middle Class
On China And The End Of The Commodity Super-Cycle

iPad 3/HD/No suffix
Apple Launches New iPad; Not Much There for China
Apple unveils new iPad

Wang Lijun, Bo Xilai, and shining some light on the back room politics
Chinese businessman detained before exposing crime links
Wang Lijun And Bo Xilai
Wang Lijun: Tip of the Iceberg?
Chongqing Mayor Reveals Role in Drama Outside U.S. Consulate
Hu Jintao Draws Blood with the Wang Lijun Scandal


China Punks 08: Ba sounds like all Fa’cked up

Recorded and abruptly cut short on Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012

Due to technical difficulties (my microphone decided to crap out about 30 minutes into it), we only got to talk about coming Weibocalypse, or Weipocalypse if you like.

I say only, but the coming enforcement of real name registration on Sina’s Weibo platform does have some interesting implications.  We get into different aspects of the situation, including the service itself, value for investors, and the systemic problems that haven given rise to real name registration as well as its possible negative impacts on people’s lives.

Download or Stream the dissapointingly short episode 08 of China Punks

As you can see from the links below, we had a great show lined up.  Apparently, we didn’t make the proper sacrifices to the tech gods beforehand.

What Happens to Free Speech on Weibo After Real Name Registration?
Sina Weibo and the Coming Weipocalypse
Chinese Man Disappeared, Detained by Police for BBS Repost

Mobile World Congress Insanity
Samsung Galaxy S Wi-Fi 4.2 & Galaxy Note 10.1 Officially Announced
Samsung: One Tablet Closer to Irrelevance
Apple Times iPad 3 Invite To Show How Little Anyone Cares About Android
The Rightsizing Of RIM: 41 Megapixels Is Completely Meaningless, And So Is 500k Apps, Says RIM VP

Xiaomi Gets Western Attention
Interview: China’s Xiaomi hopes for revolution in

Stoopid Proview v Apple accusations – “They tricked us!!! Blaaaagh!!!”
Proview’s New PR Attack: Apple Cheated Us Out of the iPad Trademark
Artman Talks 20: Apple v Proview with Stan Abrams

McD’s marketing – Pink Slime is still 100% beef
McDonald’s to Tout Quality in China (quick before WSJ figures out that we can read the entire article