Saturday, August 6, 2011

Times square as the "market place of ideas"

The aesthetics of power fascinate me. And when the story about Xinhua, the Chinese official state news agency buying its way into Times Square broke, I was fascinated to say the least.

What does this say about the geopolitical state of the world today? I know many brands like Toshiba and Sony have purchased advertising in Times Square but I feel this development is very different. The Chinese want to be able to influence American public opinion and tell their side of the story.

What will happen when the foreign policy of the People's Republic of China clashes with that of the United States? In the coming decades there are sure to be disagreements over many issues include Taiwan, the Senkaku Islands and Tibet.

Will the United States let the Chinese government broadcast their side of whatever story is unfolding, perhaps confusing Americans since the domestic cable news channels will undoubtedly be telling a very different side of the story

The story of the 21st century will be a story of information wars. I think this development gives China a starting advantage since the United States will never be able to penetrate the wall of censorship the Chinese have built with Google's help.

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