Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Oct. 01, 2019 1 min read

There is something so eerie about the stark contrast of those state platforms. Of the way western society portrays itself, in its inward-looking flaws, while China declares its externalized struggles and projects a substantive future.

With the rise of mass shootings & domestic terror, we have actually seen Chinese ministries weaponize much of what we see in the VOA's messaging. Mainlanders now see the west as truly dangerous, w/ murders on every block, & a collapsing economy imminent.

While China leans heavily into hard propaganda w/ social media videos promoting Huawei or C-pop national anthems hijacking the Korean playbook, America's soft propaganda has shifted too. Western ideals are clouded under Black Mirror's gloom — while others play on both fields.

I don't know which playbook will win in this long-game. VOA of course has some resemblance of freedom, w/ different tools, while the Pentagon also aggressively projects its might through Hollywood. Yet the western public remains trapped under a Socialism-Capitalism dichotomy.

I have no message here, but that contrast is just fascinating to see on China's 70th anniversary, w/ the U.S. 250th anniversary approaching in 2026. It sometimes feels like western ideals are eating themselves alive — but that's also their organic beauty, of democratic evolution.

Great thread that breaks down some of what the Communist Party is projecting through media outlets on this anniversary:


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