As I was doing my required reading to give my insight for China via this wordpress, I stumbled upon this snippet: http://mashable.com/2009/06/02/china-blocks-twitter-and-almost-everything-else/. After reading it initially I was shocked that China would block sites such as Twitter, Flickr, and other American social networking mediums. Then, I was more shocked at my western ethnocentrism. It’s interesting of how our cultural “norms” can go viral. As an American, I believe that it is an inalienable right for individuals to have access to which ever social mediums they choose. This may not be the case for China. While many of the individuals who commented on this post were outraged, I think that with careful digging they could understand that perhaps China only chooses to allow their citizens to utilize social networking sites made in China.
It would be an unfair statement to say that the Chinese government is taking away citizens rights by not allowing them to visit certain sites. Chinese spend a more significant amount on the internet per week than Americans. Additionally, there are a vast number of Chinese created social networking sites that are frequented. It is my theory that what China is doing by blocking certain social networking sites will be the start of cultural social networking. Social networking is as universal phenomenon but as more countries begin developing their own social networking site we begin to see cultural divides. I believe this will increase as social networking continues to expand.