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Sunday, July 08, 2007

A Hollow Assumption

Under Hu Jintao, China's poorly fleshed-out 'purification' policy had led to the absurd censorship of skeletons in World of Warcraft. Apparently, the sight of exposed bones will upset the 'harmony' of China's erstwhile immaculate society. The9 - licensee of WoW in China - swiftly complied, burying the offensive textures and replacing them with softer, squelchier, socially harmonious undead horrors.

Beijing's 'purification' is a reactionary policy, aiming to address corruption, inefficiency, dishonesty, and generally every other symptom of a selfish, individualised, society. 'Purification' shares much in common with recent British political machinations - essentially, the wanton imposition of policy based on a nostalgic and idealised vision of our nation's past. I hold both the UK and Chinese government guilty of conceptually simplifying their subjects, betrayed through the design and enactment of law that is both oppressive and totally ineffective at progressing a healthy common conciousness.

Perhaps the removal of WoW's skeletons will have an unforeseen effect upon The People's Republic. The internet and oppression share a commonality - they both hold the potential to unite people, either through ease of communication or by the shared agreement that an unacceptable situation exists. Through instances of unnecessary state interference, discontent may grow to become a force for change. So, oppressive states of the world, keep it up! Each time you interfere, your resistors' identity and mission becomes clearer. Be assured, when the time for change comes, the skeletons in your closet will be displayed for all the world to see.

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