Materials for the discussion on 9 p.m. March, 10th, 2009 at The Last Resort
China: Mobilizing mothers for censorship
Aggregated Source: Global Voices Online » China
February 22, 2010
On January 19th 2010, the Beijing Association of online media established a group called Mama Jury(1) to censor(2) obscene(3) and pornographic(4) information online. According to report from Southern Weekend, the idea of organizing mothers to “protect” the children from pornography is originated(5) from Western countries. However, the Chinese mother group is run by the CCPassociated organization rather than by independent civic group compared to its western counterpart.
First of all, who gives you the authority to “rate(6)” the Internet content? Secondly, do you think what is unsuitable(7) for your kids should be deleted? and those websites should be closed? Should they be banned from(8) all the Chinese people? Even if the contents are protected by our “constitution” and not prohibited by “Criminal Law”?
Let's elaborate on(9) the principle of “children's interest come first”. If you adopt such principle to run the Internet, why don't you apply(10) such principle to govern the real world where our children live?
You can restrict your children from going online, but you cannot turn the Internet into a kindergarten or disneyland under the principle of “Children's interest comes first”… It is against the constitution and against the humanity. If we turn the Internet and the society into something that “suitable” for the children, our children would not grow up, and our adult would turn into “children”….
It is obvious that the government is trying to “escorted(11)” the whole country by positioning itself as the “parent”…
The anti-vulgarity(12) campaign is very harsh(13) and many websites are tormenting(14) in the cold winter. However, having the mothers holding the moral flag of “protecting the children” would help legitimating(15) the campaign.
To many concerned citizens, “Children's interest comes first” is a mere hypocritical(16) political slogan to censor the Internet. When confronted with(17) real issues, such as the melamine poisonous milk scandal(18), the government is not on the side of the parent and children.
Why don't we change the Mama Jury into Mama for Government Monitor. Let's send our mothers to the Ministry of Health, AQSIQ, the State Administration of Industry & Commerce. Let them monitor the head of department, bureau and office like the way they monitor the netizens. It would definitely work. Don't worry, I won't compete power with you. Let the mothers be under the supervision of the National Federation of Women.
You can hire the laid-off(19) women workers, housewives to the Mother Monitor team. It can solve a lot of employment problem. It is more economical and practical than setting up the State Council Food Safety Commission.
1. jury 陪审团，评审委员会
2. censor n.1.(出版物、电影等的)审查员[C]2.(战时)信件检查员[C]3.(古罗马的)监察官[C]4.【心】潜意识压抑力[U] v.(出版)审查
3. obscene 猥亵的;淫秽的
4. pornographic 色情文学(或图画)的
5. o`rigi,nate vt 引起，发明，创造 vi 起源于（from/in/with）
6. rate vt对……评估，认为，对……估价为；vi 被评为，受推崇（莫非就是传说中的主动表被动的典型）Changchun rates as one of the most biggest cities in NE.
7. unsuitable 不合适的
8. ban from 注意from的用法，可类推keep fom, prevent from等
9. elaborate on 对于……详细说明 elabrate adj. 详细的，精细的 v. 细化，详细说明
10. apply vt. 涂抹，应用；vi 申请(for/to)
11. escort 护卫队;护航队;护航舰;护航飞机;仪队;（宴会派对等）女性的男伴 under escort（病人、凡人）处于监护中
12. vul`garity n. 粗俗；粗俗动作；粗俗语言
13. harsh 刺鼻的，刺耳的；严厉的；艰苦的
14. torment n. 痛苦，使人痛苦的事情（人）；vt. 使痛苦
15. le`gitimate g破擦 adj.合法的；vt.使合法
16. hypocritical 伪善的，虚伪的
17. confronted with vt. 正视；（勇敢地）直面；对质
18. scandal 丑闻；（针对丑闻的）公愤
19. laid-off 失业的 lay off （因开工不足）解雇；不理会（某事）；不理会（某人），放过（某人）