Westerners are so convinced China is a dystopian hellscape theyâ€™ll share anything that confirms it - Quartz
Geege Schuman stashed this in China
When it comes to China stories, people will believe almost anything. Take, for instance, the reports about pollution being so severe in Beijing that residents now watch radiant sunrises broadcast on a huge screen in Tiananmen Square.
So, that never happened.Â AsÂ Tech in Asia flags, the sunrise is a clip from a tourism ad for Shandong province, in Chinaâ€™s northeast; itâ€™s on screen for maybe 10 seconds or so per loop.
But that didnâ€™t preventÂ a slew of prominent media outletsâ€”includingÂ Time,Â CBS NewsÂ and theÂ Huffington Postâ€”from running the story, which originated in theÂ UK-based Daily Mail, each taking their own liberties with the truth.Â The â€śglorious sunrise was broadcast as part of a patriotic video loop,â€ť explained Time.
So... We've been fed lies?
It seems we are hungry for lies.
it's difficult to get reality out of China, so the MSM settles for memes
But so many people from the West visit China, there's lots of opportunities for truth.
how well does truth sell?
Surprisingly well person-to-person. Surprisingly poorly in broadcast situations.