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New York, January 9--High Tech, Low Life, an award-winning documentary by Stephen Maing about Chinese bloggers Zola and Tiger Temple, opens today at the IFC Center in Greenwich Village. " For Maing, the contrast between the bloggers' public and private personae is as important as the politics behind their reporting. The film was screened earlier this year at the Tribeca International Film Festival, where this interview took place. Maing lives in Brooklyn and studied film at Boston University. This is his first feature, for which he travelled to China; it was four years, on and off, in the making. "It's important to realize," says Maing, " that Zola and Tiger are not hardcore political dissidents but see themselves as citizen journalists working within the law," picking up the threads of stories not fully covered by the mainstream media. "What Zola and Tiger are doing," Maing says , "is highly performative. It's such an improvisational act and there's no road map for it.. They have unique ways of presenting ideas and of shaping their own public identities......Tiger lived through the Cultural Revolution and Zola is a product of the 80s.
In which Y’r Ob’d't S’v't speculates upon life within the unfolding trajectory of the decline and fall of the American Empire, from the entirely justified (from his view) presumption that such has in fact already begun and, in the way of such things, is irreversible and irrevocable; and then offers on his prognosis on the prospects for a progressive polity under those circumstances; i.e., nil.
Restore America? Really? Get a FUCKING CLUE, folks. NAGAHAPUN
The USer empire is in decline. It is only just beginning (relatively speaking), its effects are still minimal, but it is irreversible and inexorable. Inevitable. Our “exceptionalism” won’t save us from this one. China will surpass us ecvonomically in fewer than five years. And they’re gonna go back to the moon,too. Study Mandarin (or what used to be called Cantonese, the other major dialect; or both, to be safe.
program: Evening News program date: Mon, 12/05/2011 Short Description: Local Trade Dispute with China Solar Panel Industry Friday, a U.S trade panel ruled that solar imports from China were harming the U.S. domestic solar industry. In response, China’s Ministry of Commerce said it is deeply concerned that the decision shows a strong inclination to trade protectionsism, and was reached without sufficient evidence. 2:43 minutes (2.49 MB)
This Week: 1. Bill Clinton's stimulus package 2. Bush's Clean Nuclear Power 3. China White 4. Naples' Garbage Wars 5. Berlusconi eats it 6. Brain Tax 7. U.N.I.T.Y. 8. Bill Hicks