Thursday, August 07, 2008

"They Like Me, They Like Me, They Really Do!"

Or maybe not so much (Washington Post):

Essentially, the people of China think twice as many people in the world like their country as actually do. This isn't a gap; it's a chasm. And the information bubble around the Chinese people explains a lot.
via China Law Blog. Longer term, I don't think this bodes well for a society that can quickly turn defensive and nationalistic. Presumably despite the disconnect, it's better than it was before just given that the average Chinese citizen isn't nearly as isolated as they were before. It would be interesting to see the polling after the effects of the much hyped Olympics wears off.

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