In the middle of one of the most contentious debates in Congress about intellectual property in recent memory, the MPAA appears to have finally found an analogy that it believes will persuade skeptics to support slash-and-burn piracy bills now before Congress: Google in China.
As China is transitioning to become a full member of the world community from which it was entirely separated just forty years ago, we have perhaps seen the end of Chinese rather than American exceptionalism.
Hu Jintao will attend a state dinner about a year since his government and Google duked it out over PRC laws to control internet content. Now is a good time to revisit what the dust-up might mean for the future of U.S.-China relations.
While internet censorship has vast implications for press freedoms, it is also becoming the favorite tool of government "theologians" -- administrators who defend a nation's civil religion to consolidate state power.