China Decides to Ban Time Travel

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In China… well, in China, many weird things happen. The Chinese government, in another strange episode, has decided to ban time travel. Well, at least when it comes to television shows and movies.

With the way things are run, the state controls and monitors everything shown on your television or your computer. So yeah, China can randomly go back in time and say Marty McFly never existed. Scary, huh? Fortunately, that’s not what they’re saying.

Somehow, though, the government has taken a sudden disliking to the idea of distorting certain historical events, things and people. (Cough.)

The idea of time-travel has soared in popularity recently, and it seems like the authorities have just gotten sick of it. Common themes revolve around protagonists going back to ancient times, with script writers often taking liberties with plots and events. Even worse than just being an annoyance, some people fear a real disrespect for China’s history.

The decision was made earlier this month, with the country’s State Administration for Radio, Film & Television stating that “The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore.”

What’s wrong with these shows? They “casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation.”

(via New York Times)

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2 comments
dank3ys2
dank3ys2

"putting an original spin on history is kind of the point of a time travel movie"


Its also the point in communist governments, the reason they ban stuff like this may not be as "silly" as we think. The forces behind these governments know that the key to control of humans lies in perception and they have indeed rewritten history and do not want anyone else changing the perceptions they have put out themselves.

VanceCrowe
VanceCrowe

This is a silly title that detracts from the actual importance of this message- You are taking something serious; Chinese government telling people that they should not imagine a different outcome from the one that they have now.  This is quiet disconcerting- and the author/editor undercut the message because they must not understand how history shapes Chinese Governing Policy- http://www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-National-Humiliation-Contemporary/dp/0231148909