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China's Definition of "Porn"

Do you remember the "porn" wave that swept the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s? It occurred about the time that American landed a man on the moon. The two phenomena may be related; while the elders are beavering away and pushing the nation to new heights, the kids are "celebrating" in arguably the worst possible way.

China landed a man on the moon in the past decade, and not surprisingly, China is a going through a "porn" seizure connected with a sexual revolution, about two generations behind ours. Most American parents nowadays want to protect their kids from porn; certainly from the kind that was promulgated when they were young. Not surprisingly, China's parents want to do much the same. Officially, at least, that's why China insists that computers sold in the country come with software to screen out porn.

Problem is, China has a different, and greatly expanded definition of "porn" compared to the American one. It includes not only "private" acts, but also public discourse, especially about the incompetence of the government, or China's relations with troublesome "border regions" such as Taiwan, Tibet, and the Moslem Uighurs of the Northwest (four of whom were recently released from Guatanamo Bay).

Google is now faced with the dilemma of "don't be evil." It should offer its cooperation to Chinese and other governments about blocking "legitmate" porn. But it must not cooperate to the extent of extending the definition to the political sphere.

Disclosure: Long Chinese ancestors.