A State Only Thomas Friedman Could Love

China, the benevolent decision-maker of Thomas Friedman’s dreams, has continued to make bold and decisive moves to further the public good.  This time, according to the New York Times, the government has all but banned the depiction of time travel on television shows.  According to the paper of record, “The guidelines discouraging this type of show said that some ‘casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.'” 

Although this type of “guideline” might have prevented some of the worst Star Trek plots from surfacing, you gotta wonder what the Orwellian Chinese State Administration for Radio, Film & Television was thinking on this one.  It is hard to imagine that such plots and storylines would actually threaten the health of the Nation, Party, and the State even if you thought such things should actually matter.  File this one under excessive paranoia and paternalism. 

Next you are going to tell me that the regime is going to ban swallows!

7 thoughts on “A State Only Thomas Friedman Could Love

  1. I now have an image of the most recent starship Enterprise (2001-2005 show) fighting off German stuka bombers. Thanks a lot for reminding me of that dud.

  2. Oh, yes, the notorious Mao swallow ban! Truly one of the twentieth century’s greatest leaps backward.

  3. I guess the Beijing authorities decided that the Doctor has stood up to a few too many tyrants for their comfort. Perhaps they fear that the people would be inspired to dismantle their police state with sonic screwdrivers.

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