Guys, this is IRONY! 🙂
The current trend in which Chinese Communist Party is taking China to the digital totalitarian dystopia, where every step of every citizen is monitored and evaluated, is making me feel very 心里不安 /xīnli bù ān/ (UNEASY/UNPEACEFUL IN HEART).
Unfortunately it seems to be the global trend.
Even the regimes in the countries that used to be the symbols of liberty are becoming less and less democratic and more and more openly serve the biggest corporations rather than its people.
We need to rediscover the value of discussion and of truly independent media. We also need to see the brutally damaging effect that corporations such as Facebook, Google and Amazon have on public opinion.
For instance facebook delivers content in order to keep you longer on their site, see more adds and click on more adds. How do they do that? Simply by delivering the content that you want to see or that will make you feel happy or outraged.
Informations that don’t support your point of view basically aren’t allowed to get on your timeline, because it is always uncomfortable to be confronted with something that is mentally challenging. Some people don’t handle it too well and that is risky for the corporation that wants to sell adds.
This (combined with the fear that people feel from the economic changes delivered by technology) is causing that the whole nations are getting more and more radical, because we are loosing our ability to be aware that there are always more angles to look at one problem.
And that is always the beginning of a big trouble.
Challenging times ahead of us, let the Force be with us!
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Anyway, the sound similarity of the words 当然 /dāngrán/ OF COURSE and 党 /dǎng/ PARTY (in Chinese context Communist Party, because there is no other party) inspired me to this wordplay. 🙂
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才 /cái/ has several important meanings.
Often we use it in the sense ONLY THEN, NOT UNTIL.
Basically the purpose of this word is to indicate that something is taking place LATER than we would wish, or ONLY AFTER fulfilling a certain condition. As in:
我晚上十点才有时间。/Wǒ wǎnshang shídiǎn cái yǒu shíjiān./
I DON’T HAVE TIME TILL 10pm.
我们完成这个任务，才可以回家。/Wǒmen wánchéng zhège rènwù, cái kěyǐ huí jiā./
WE CAN RETURN HOME ONLY AFTER FINISHING THIS TASK.
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才 is also part of words that have something to do with TALENTS, ABILITIES…
Take some time to see the character…
统 /tǒng/ order; system; unite
Part of words:
系统 /xìtǒng/ SYSTEM (as in operating or politic system)
传统 /chuántǒng/ A TRADITION (a tradition is a SYSTEM that generations PASS 传 /chuán/ one to another)
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CHINESEFFECT is on it’s way to become an integrated Chinese-learning tool.
Guys, I gotta tell you that I’m really deeply disgusted with what Tumblr is turning into – not necessarily because I would need to watch porn here, but because I like to be a part of an environment where people are treated as adults with their own free will.
And it is such a shame because technologically it is such an amazing platform (and philosophically it used to be as well).
That means that you will very probably be seeing Chineseffect posts less frequently than before.
But – let’s be positive!
We just recently redefined the chineseffect.com homepage – that means that every time you come, you will find a new content – all types of engaging content actually.
So if you are serious about your Mandarin progress, I recommend that you make visits to our homepage a part of your everyday routine – because from the homepage you can organically dive into a wide universe of studying materials.
Let’s hope that this stupid – stupid – stupid – move of the new Tumblr owners who obviously don’t understand this community at all will inspire some developers to catch this opportunity and create something similar and even better.
微机室机会 /wēijī shì jīhuì/ A CRISIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY.
In response to the NSFW ban being enacted by Tumblr Staff, on December 17th 2018 I propose that we all log off of our Tumblr accounts for 24 hours.
The lack of respect and communication between staff and users is stark. Users have been begging staff to delete the porn bot outbreak, which has plagued the website for well over a year. The porn bots oftentimes send people asks and messages, trying to get them to go to a website full of viruses. They also spam advertisements on others posts.
Users have also begged that Tumblr ban neo-nazis, child porn, and pedophiles, all which run rampant on the site. The site/app got so bad that it was taken off the app store.
However, instead of answering the users, Tumblr has instead taken the liberty to ban all NSFW content, regardless of age. But users have already run into issues of their SFW content being marked as sensitive and being flagged as NSFW, not allowing them to share their work.
Not only does this discriminate again content creators, but it also discriminates against sex workers. Disgustingly, the ban will be enacted on December 17 which is also International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
This ban is disgusting, and while I (and plenty of others) welcome porn bots and child porn being banned, the Tumblr filtration system is broken. It tags artistic work’s nipples as NSFW (when it is art), it tags SFW art as NSFW (when it is not), and does not stop the porn bots, neo-nazis and dozens of other issues.
This ban is discriminatory. This ban is ineffective. This ban is unacceptable.
To protest, log off of your Tumblr account for the entirety of December 17th. Log off at 12 am EST or 9PM PST and stay off for 24 hours. Don’t post. Don’t log on. Don’t even visit the website. Don’t give them that sweet ad revenue.
Tumblr’s stock has already taken a hard hit. Let’s make it tank. Maybe then they will listen to the users.
Reblog to signal boost! We must force change.
Tumblr was like the internet within the internet – everything was possible – and now it is moving in the boneless Instagram direction.
What the owners don’t realize is that sexuality is a VERY POWERFUL FORCE and that many people would come to Tumblr dashboard because deep down they knew that they will find some nice asses and boobs there – among other things obviously.
It has been this unique and vivid mix of fine arts, new German vocabulary, funny videos and hot anal action that made Tumblr so special for me in the first place.
So special that I’ve invested a huge amount of energy to create this original blog that is full of valuable educational content and has thousands of amazing followers.
But now? What’s next?
I’m a very freedom-oriented person and it makes me really sad to see that the freedom of expression has received this punch in the face from the platform that used to be a symbol of liberty.
But I guess that that’s life, old must die to free the place for new.
I’m about to look deeper into Mastodon and I will keep you updated.
Till I find a better solution, I will keep posting here – but not with love like before, sadly.