China Releases Propaganda About The Benefits Of Smog

December 11, 2013


Because, hey -- it's worth a shot, the Chinese government-run media recently released an article citing five "surprising benefits" of the smog covering its largest cities. Mmmm, air so good you can taste it. Drumroll sad trombone please:

1. It unifies the Chinese people.

2. It makes China more equal.
3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China's economic development.
4. It makes people funnier.
5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology)

LOL, your cough makes you funnier. But seriously, anybody who's ever lived in a smoggy city knows there's really only one real benefit of air pollution: the sunsets. I live in Los Angeles and a lot of times the sky is like, LASER RED before the sun goes down. So red sometimes I wonder if it's actually on fire, and it might be.

Thanks to E V I L A R E S, who's so evil if he wishes his superpower was to breathe smog.

  • Suspicious Character- so true it goes both ways

  • Endris

    GW you live in LA too? We should totally hang out! I have to find you through all that smog though.

  • Guyllaume Maheu

    Are they just plain retarded ?

  • n11

    They forgot to mention it'll cure cancer and create global peace.

  • Brad Walton

    I can agree with 3,4 and 5.

  • 555


  • Suspicious Character

    To be clear, dear community, I'm not defending China. The level of pollution is indeed alarming and something needs to be done about it urgently. What I am trying to alert you of is the fact that there has been ever increasing amounts of anti-sino news in American media lately, as opposed to, for example, any other country with issues. I hope you're recognizing signs of your own propaganda before you hop onto the bandwagon to wage wars against another country...'s propaganda.

  • dmun

    The only issue with your arguments is that you are doing the complete opposite of what you claim TIMES magazine is doing, which is to try and support something based on nothing but assumptions. You've said many times that you haven't read or seen the actual article, so you can't actually say anything about the actual purpose of the "list of benefits" that was published. If this was the actual list of things that was said or written, then you have to admit that whoever published this definitely made a poor judgment call by not being clear in their actual intentions. At the same time, one could argue that you are right in making your assumptions to what the "list" is actually trying to convey as the Chinese language is completely based on assumed meanings based on context, so if the larger context of "the list" is "surprising benefits," then it would behoove us, as the reader, to interpret what was presented in the most positive way possible.

  • Suspicious Character

    People interpret information based on what they are presented, and if you know anything about the internet, you would know that people very rarely interpret what is presented in the most positive way possible. I've been seeing increasing amounts of media attention being directed at China, about 98% of it is from a very negatively biased perspective, which encourages people to express hostility towards a country that they really know very little about. None of these articles ever mention how China is attempting to solve its problems, which I assure you, they are. With a population of 1.35 billion, I'd like to see any other country attempt to manage itself any more effectively.

  • Yup. Same in the UK. The West needs to have a Bad Guy.

  • Broseph

    i agree, how do they leave off the sunsets

  • Suspicious Character

    I wouldn't consider this "propaganda". Calling this propaganda sounds more like propaganda than anything. This is a much better way to encourage greener living by sending a positive message rather than what America does which is guilt trip everyone. It's saying "yes, pollution is bad, but because we are working together to reduce it, it is making us more unified, so let us continue in this endeavor and not give up even if gets tedious". I don't see how this is a bad thing.

  • Forblat
  • boooo!

    Saying 'it's suprisingly good for you' is not really working to reduce it. Getting stabbed in the liver makes you more knowledgeable (of things like pain and anatomy) but it still sucks.

  • Suspicious Character

    Again, this is one article, that isn't even sourced, that claims something that is entirely irrelevant to assisting a case. People then take this and form inaccurate conclusions because the West always needs and enemy. Is it so difficult to just see what's really there, which is a country that is trying to deal with a lot of demands. It's not some evil government dictatorship that wants to rule the world or cover it in smog.

  • T_Eye

    "At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."

  • Suspicious Character

    Just because you're too mentally incompetent to understand an argument that doesn't fit inside your narrow mind doesn't mean everyone else thought it was incoherent. Thanks for your opinion, and everyone who agreed with you, because clearly you're all A-class economists.

  • Suspicious Character

    Sorry I got a bit fired up.
    I don't mean to be incoherent or rambling but you have to understand that this is something that matters to me because I am Chinese.
    Articles like these that clearly serve an agenda have been spreading more widely lately. Articles that aren't about China's problems, or what can be done about them, but focus instead on nitpicking and scandalizing the state of a country that most people know little about. China is indeed facing an enormous pollution problem, but it is also attempting to combat it. Western articles promoting the idea that China is some sort of evil dictatorship hellbent on world domination or covering the world in smog are highly questionable, and i just urge people to stop submitting to mob fury over worthless articles that don't even source the original Chinese print, and start attempting to see the world for how it really is, not just by how it is portrayed by the media.

  • Frédéric Purenne

    "1. It unifies the Chinese people." - Nope
    "2. It makes China more equal." - Nope
    "3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China's economic development." - ... yeah okay I'm giving them that one
    "4. It makes people funnier." - Nope
    "5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology)" - Nope, it's smoke. they either already knew or don't know..

    Hence : this is propaganga.

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    "4. It makes people funnier." Maybe they think sick children are funny?

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