Blogging: 34 Million Chinese Can’t Be Wrong
SAN JOSE, CA – The Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, has published an article that says that there are now 34 million bloggers in China. “In August the number of blogs in China hit 34 million which is 30 times more than only four years ago when the on-line writing craze started to sweep the country. More than 17 million people in China consider themselves blog writers and offer personal insights and opinions on any topic they wish, according to a report on China’s blog market which says 75 million people regularly read blogs.”There is a debate currently in some circles that says that some companies who supply equipment or services to the Chinese Internet are proactively helping the Chinese government from allowing Chinese citizens from utilzing Internet services or information. IMHO, when the Chinese News Agency says that blogs have risen 30-fold in four years and it is a popular medium, published by the people, for the people then it would suggest to me that more and more Chinese are using the Internet. Exchanging information. Exchanging ideas. That seems like a good thing to me. Full story.In related news, China Daily reports that “foreign journalists covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be able to travel freely throughout China and have unrestricted access to the Internet…”We’ve no restrictions on travel for foreign journalists in China,” Sun Weijia, head of media operations for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG), told the Olympic World Press Briefing. “They can travel anywhere in China.” Looks like this is more positive news for reporters, bloggers and all in China.