Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Banned in China

The phrase "Banned in Boston" used to denote a certain cachet, a work of art that pushed the envelope just a little bit, not enough to be truly appalling but enough to tweak the noses of the Puritans.

Soon that phrase will have to be replaced with "Banned in China," which denotes a website that discusses topics to which, in the eyes of the all-knowing Communist Party, fragile Chinese minds should not be exposed. The website Great Firewall of China claims to test whether a website has been blocked from access via China or not. I type in this blog's URL and find that it is, in fact, verboten in the People's Republic:

In my log files I periodically get visits from Chinese state Net providers in out-of-the-way places like Heilongjiang. Now I know why.

Hat tip: No Pasaran.


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