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January 26, 2010

while reading today’s post on china hush, i discovered a funny new chinese concept to refer to state control, 50 cent party (50 cent referring to the money they receive from the communist party) or w¨³maod¨£ng. this concept describes when a government actor posts an idea supportive of the communist party to skew public opinion and critical of those who speak out against the government (or supportive of free speech). far east economic review estimates that there are 280,000 trolling the internet today. there’s an example on the china hush post.

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