China’s Web – A Growing (Alternative) Reality

China’s Web – A Growing (Alternative) Reality
Christine Huang
  • 5 february 2008

This week’s Economist tries to shed some light on the habits of the 210 million internet users in China, a jump of more than 50% from last year’s figure, and one that will quickly surpass the United States’ (according to investment bank Morgan Stanley). The article offers a none-too-shocking glimpse at China’s world wide web, describing how the nation’s (still quite censored) virtual landscape “fills gaps and provides what is unavailable elsewhere, particularly for young people” -i.e., multi-player gaming, online communities, and pirated music and videos. They offer some statistics in support:

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