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Smutty Media Act and Vulgar News Have Gone Too Far
    2008-04-14 11:23:43     CRIENGLISH.com
Some Chinese media outlets seem to have "over corrected" themselves in their attempt to please the market of supply and demand.

An article in the Shanghai Daily says while most media were riddled with rigid political slogans in the 1960s and 70s, now more and more newspapers, magazines and TV stations are obsessed with things vulgar.

While diversification of news content is necessary, it's too much for many Chinese journalists to muckrake celebrities' scandals, following in the steps of "Western" paparazzi.

The article says if people read many popular newspapers or watch many popular TV programs, they can have the impression that fashion and sex define the way Chinese live.

Lots of media not only talk about celebrities' professional achievements, but also their dirty private lives.

The article cites the nude photo scandal of Hong Kong movie actor Edison Chen with several local women celebrities as an example.

It says that during that time people in southern China were still struggling with the unexpected snow disaster that happened during the Spring Festival.

Yet news about the photos and the lives of the celebrities involved dominated the front pages of many newspapers, as well as TV news.

The article says certain journalists were so crazy about delving into celebrities' private lives that they unearthed details of the relationships between Chen and the women involved, or even possibly involved.

They even interviewed different celebrities about the scandal, making the negative effects of the incident even worse, the commentary says.

It asks Chinese journalists to reflect whether they should follow the amusing-ourselves-to-death path that has never been part of mainstream Chinese culture.


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