“I don’t mean we cannot attack the party. Why can’t we attack it? But everybody thinks the evil of the nation is caused by an institution when, in reality, everybody is an accomplice,” he says. “In the near future, it’s impossible to change the institution. So we need to change the people. And if we can change the people, then the party will change.”
... It’s possible, he explains, that the passers-by really didn’t notice Yueyue, who later died. “I believe their explanation, because if you are not careful enough, you may indeed miss the girl lying on the ground.” His point is that, in an uncaring society, misfortune becomes invisible.
If some things make him despair, is he also inspired? I wonder what he thought of the villagers of Wukan who last year organised their own elections after protesting against what they said was the illegal seizure of land. “In Wukan’s case, I see the light on the road to China’s future democracy,” he says more emphatically than I had expected. “My view is we can have elections in some cities first. I wrote a blog called ‘Let Elections Start for Some People,’” he says, a clever reference to Deng Xiaoping’s famous aphorism, “Let some people get rich first.” “I don’t expect China to have a general election tomorrow, but I do think we can have elections in some developed cities as a test.”
Facebook would like users to trust them with their friends and contacts, photos, private communications, business dealings and more. I ask: what have they done to earn this trust? The answer is very little.
For a long time, I was reluctant to link this blog to Facebook, even though the option has been available for some time. Facebook and Google's Big Brother way of taking over choices and decisions has left me highly suspicious. I already have a personal Facebook account that I have devoted ample time to. But I'm reluctant to devote any more time toward projects that will come under the umbrella of these two companies due to their sheer unaccountability. Facebook can freeze an account at any time for any reason whatsoever and it is accountable to no one- no clear guidelines have been established, no official appeals bodies, no system of openness or checks and balances. The same is true of Google services such as Adsense and Google Plus. Both companies have already shown their ability to punish users for actions as frivolous as publishing under a pseudonym or posting a video of the Buzzcocks.