I read today that MSN voluntarily shut down a Chinese blog site after the Chinese authorities demanded that it be shut down.  MSN, a division of Microsoft, did it because that’s what tech companies have to do to do business in China.  Microsoft isn’t alone.  Google, Yahoo!, and other foreign tech companies must paid heed to Chinese Internet censors.  So, I wonder…
 
What would happen if I wrote just two little words?
 
Would my blog be shut down too?
 
Would I be censored too?
 
Would the Chinese let it slide?
 
Would MSN let it slide?
 
Would more Internet censors visit my site?
 
Would I get more hits?
 
Would it be OK if I wrote the words in English, not Chinese?
 
Will someone ask me to remove this entry?
 
So, I wonder…
 
Should I write those two little words?
 
Do I dare?
 
Oh, what the heck.
 
Falun Gong.
 

Books by MG EdwardsMG Edwards is a writer of books and stories in the thriller and science fiction-fantasy genres. He also writes travel adventures and children’s books. A former U.S. diplomat, he served in South Korea, Paraguay, and Zambia before leaving the Foreign Service to write full time.

Edwards is author of six books. His memoir, Kilimanjaro: One Man’s Quest to Go Over the Hill, was finalist for the Book of the Year Award and the Global eBook Award. He has published four children’s picture books in the World Adventurers for Kids Series: Alexander the Salamander; Ellie the Elephant; Zoe the Zebra; and a collection featuring all three stories. His book Real Dreams: Thirty Years of Short Stories is an anthology of 15 short stories.

Edwards lives in Taipei, Taiwan with his wife Jing and son Alex. He has also lived in Austria, Singapore and Thailand. For more books or stories by M.G. Edwards, visit his web site at www.mgedwards.com or contact him by e-mail at me@mgedwards.com or on Twitter @m_g_edwards.

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3 Comments

  1. Unknown's Gravatar Unknown
    May 4, 2006    

    Someone has to stand up. I’ll stand wtih you. But I won’t write the words. While they may not notice 2 words, they  may notice if every single one of us does it. And I don’t want you gone.
     
    CENSORSHIP SUCKS.

  2. evencastles's Gravatar evencastles
    May 4, 2006    

    Greetings from Shanghai.

  3. Bob's Gravatar Bob
    May 4, 2006    

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    Good luck with that!
     

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