Internet Cafe in Chongqing, ChinaYour Business Blogger just bought The Big Blogger, Glenn Reynolds’ new book An Army of Davids: How Markets and Technology Empower Ordinary People to Beat Big Media, Big Government, and Other Goliaths.
The Instapundit thesis is not, I think, limited to the US of A.
Technology; people; institutions face the same challenges the world over. Your Business Blogger has become, gasp! a globalist.
An Army of Davids
When working in China I was reminded of another army — an army of blue ants. Twenty years ago, foreign visitors noted, not unkindly, the ubiquitous blue Mao suits. A hard-working populous; one mind; one suit.
Fashion has changed in China.
Colors, style, trend. Pushed by teenagers and embraced by all.
And the teens are pushing, as they do the world over, in other directions.
Your Business Blogger visited an internet cafe on my last China trip. Etiquette hint: Don’t ask for the non-smoking terminals. A non-smoking section? Heh, as Reynolds would write. The whole country is, well, Marlboro country.
Directions to the cafe were complicated. It was hidden in a dimly lit smokey warehouse accessible thru a back alley — safety was never a concern — workstations as far as the eye could see. 100’s of them. An hour on a keyboard sets a hacker back one yuan. 12.5 cents.
The arena was filled with 20-somethings all gone gaming. Smoking and practicing English.
The kids looked like they were there for days. I was there a few hours myself.
And not a Mao suit in sight.
What’s the matter with kids these days? Beijing is wondering.
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that China is attempting to limit the Web’s influence on young people.
Goodness. Attempting to limit access to the web! Big Brother stopping freedom! Big Government controlling all behavior!
Except Beijing wants to limit kids under 18 to five hours — five hours of on-line gaming each day.
Maybe that’s not such a bad law after all.
Now if China could keep the kids from smoking…
Like our Government does.
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Thank you (foot)notes:
More on Mao suits at the jump.
Tim Wu, from the Columbia Law School has a white paper at The World Trade Law of Internet Filtering.
Median Sib has excellent review of Davids.
Don Surber has best of Thursday Posts. Bookmark him.
Mudville Gazette has Open Post.
See Feld’s Thoughts on A Different View on China.