Tag Archives: Internet

China and the nature of Facebook

Reports have been percolating for a couple of weeks that Facebook will partner with Chinese search engine Baidu to launch Facebook China, or something similar. Anyone who has followed the history of foreign Internet firms in China knows that this … Continue reading

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Sinica: Turmoil in Egypt, Groupon’s China woes, beggar children

The Sinica podcast is back following a long holiday break, and I was back on the show to help kick off the year with a lively discussion. Topics included the impact of developments in Egypt and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Could better PR have prevented Groupon’s China gaffe?

Unless you live on Pluto and you’re just in town for the temple fairs you probably know the situation with Groupon and their notorious Tibet ad. From within the China echo chamber it can be tricky to calibrate your reaction … Continue reading

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PR slime – in color! Imagethief talks PR scandals on BonLive

Last month I appeared on Blue Ocean Network’s “Chinalogue” program along with Alistair Nicholas of AC Capital Consulting to discuss…PR slime! By which the producers of the show meant the recent Mengniu vs. Yili vs. Synutra PR sockpuppet slagfest. The … Continue reading

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Sinica: Qihoo vs. Tencent, the plague and British groveling

Apologies – I’m late getting this one posted, but there was no Sinica last week, so you haven’t missed anything, and you’ve already subscribed in iTunes, right? So you don’t even need this? I thought so. Anyway, the week before … Continue reading

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And you thought the milk business was so wholesome…

The milk business in China just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. A couple of months ago baby formula maker Synutra found itself the victim of allegations that its product was linked to early puberty in girls. Its shares … Continue reading

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Alibaba’s Alizila is PR. Be proud!

I just read a post from Forbes’ Hana Alberts on Alizila, a homegrown company news site for the Alibaba Group. Alibaba has hired an experienced journalist, Time Magazine veteran Jim Erickson, to develop the articles for the site: Erickson isn’t “selling out” … Continue reading

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Sinica: The Guo Degang scandal plus China apologists

This week’s Sinica is a great show. We covered two issues, one current and one chronic. The current issue is the Guo Degang affair, in which the student of a famous Beijing crosstalk performer struck a BTV journalist in murky … Continue reading

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The lost apartment of Qin Shihuang: China-friendly version

What is it with YouKu this week? It’s like Kaiser leaves and the whole thing goes to pot. I tried three times to upload “Imagethief and the lost apartment of Qin Shihuang” to YouKu, which I’ve used in the past … Continue reading

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Chinese Internet celebrities, forums and other lurid scandals

Two interesting articles today, both having to do with Chinese Internet culture, and both leading into an ethical question that came up in a conversation recently. The question was this: Is it OK to put out “viral” videos that embed … Continue reading

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