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China bans time travel in fiction

Postby zombie_monkey » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:37 pm UTC

http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/04/11/china_bans_time_travel
The authority’s decision was made on the Television Director Committee Meeting on April 1st. – but obviously it’s not a prank to fans of the drama genre. The authority has a good reason to go against the genre. "The time-travel drama is becoming a hot theme for TV and films. But its content and the exaggerated performance style are questionable. Many stories are totally made-up and are made to strain for an effect of novelty. The producers and writers are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore."


I can't quite gather from this, are they banning time travel, alternate history, or both?

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby nitePhyyre » Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:58 pm UTC

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Hawknc » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:04 pm UTC

I choose to believe the Chinese government is simply cracking down on terrible representation of science. Hopefully a complete ban on all sales of The Core will follow shortly.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:44 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:I choose to believe the Chinese government is simply cracking down on terrible representation of science. Hopefully a complete ban on all sales of The Core will follow shortly.

Damn it. I thought I had finally forgotten all about that movie.
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Ulc » Sat Jul 30, 2011 4:13 pm UTC

Hawknc wrote:I choose to believe the Chinese government is simply cracking down on terrible representation of science. Hopefully a complete ban on all sales of The Core will follow shortly.


Once again I'd like to point out that if used as intended, The Core is actually rather decent at it's intended purpose.

Drinking game - every time it fails at physics or science in general, you drink.

Same game can be applied to the The day after tommorow with equal success.
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Jahoclave » Sat Jul 30, 2011 7:10 pm UTC

Ulc wrote:Same game can be applied to the The day after tommorow with equal success.

I found the acting in that movie to be rather frigid.

I think the communist leadership are secretly time travelers and want to limit their exposure.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby scienceroboticspunk » Sat Jul 30, 2011 8:54 pm UTC

The most important point is that this bans Doctor Who
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby aldonius » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:05 pm UTC

scienceroboticspunk wrote:this bans Doctor Who

Indeed.
I really don't think the escapism and pro-freedom would ever play nicely with the CCP. Or any other timetravel series, for that matter.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Aikanaro » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:19 pm UTC

aldonius wrote:
scienceroboticspunk wrote:this bans Doctor Who

Indeed.
I really don't think the escapism and pro-freedom would ever play nicely with the CCP. Or any other timetravel series, for that matter.

This, but also (and maybe I'm WAY off base), I get the feeling that maybe they worry it would raise the idea of what the world (i.e., China) would be like WITHOUT the communist party in control.
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby The Reaper » Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:22 pm UTC

One may also point out that the China wants their people to be dalek.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby PeterCai » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:04 pm UTC

State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television is one of the most powerful bureaucracy in China, and it's also one of the most conservative and paranoid governmental body. Their idiotic policies had always been a laughing stock in Chinese online community, this is no exception. Note that the thousands of online doctor who fanclubs/forums continue to exist, and despite it's efforts, torrents/streams of the show are readily available everywhere.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby curtis95112 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:23 pm UTC

PeterCai wrote:State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television is one of the most powerful bureaucracy in China, and it's also one of the most conservative and paranoid governmental body. Their idiotic policies had always been a laughing stock in Chinese online community, this is no exception. Note that the thousands of online doctor who fanclubs/forums continue to exist, and despite it's efforts, torrents/streams of the show are readily available everywhere.


Are they the same people that banned lip-synching without notice a while ago?
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby PeterCai » Sun Jul 31, 2011 1:52 pm UTC

curtis95112 wrote:
PeterCai wrote:State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television is one of the most powerful bureaucracy in China, and it's also one of the most conservative and paranoid governmental body. Their idiotic policies had always been a laughing stock in Chinese online community, this is no exception. Note that the thousands of online doctor who fanclubs/forums continue to exist, and despite it's efforts, torrents/streams of the show are readily available everywhere.


Are they the same people that banned lip-synching without notice a while ago?

yep

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby curtis95112 » Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:25 pm UTC

PeterCai wrote:
curtis95112 wrote:
PeterCai wrote:State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television is one of the most powerful bureaucracy in China, and it's also one of the most conservative and paranoid governmental body. Their idiotic policies had always been a laughing stock in Chinese online community, this is no exception. Note that the thousands of online doctor who fanclubs/forums continue to exist, and despite it's efforts, torrents/streams of the show are readily available everywhere.


Are they the same people that banned lip-synching without notice a while ago?

yep

Thanks, what a waste of man-hours...
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby iChef » Sun Jul 31, 2011 4:25 pm UTC

They did make an exception for "Bill and Ted's Glorious Adventure Toward Learning About Our Socialist History". Bill and Ted go back and help Mao defeat the Japanese invaders, establish a utopian communist nation and never, ever go anywhere near a place called Tiananmen Square. In fact forget that last part, just pretend you never read it. (or else.....)
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Technical Ben » Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:57 pm UTC

I'm all for redefining any film that claims to have "science fiction" with no actual scientific process or method to be "magic". :D
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Postby Arancaytar » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:29 am UTC

The Reaper wrote:One may also point out that the China wants their people to be dalek.



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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby curtis95112 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:48 am UTC

Wait, does this ban Harry Potter?
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Tyndmyr wrote:
Роберт wrote:Sure, but at least they hit the intended target that time.

Well, if you shoot enough people, you're bound to get the right one eventually.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:01 pm UTC

Forget Harry Potter, this bans By His Bootstraps
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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby curtis95112 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:06 pm UTC

I'm curious how exactly they worded this. It would be a good laugh if they technically banned the normal type of time travel we all do.
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Роберт wrote:Sure, but at least they hit the intended target that time.

Well, if you shoot enough people, you're bound to get the right one eventually.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby addams » Mon Aug 01, 2011 4:57 pm UTC

Technical Ben wrote:I'm all for redefining any film that claims to have "science fiction" with no actual scientific process or method to be "magic". :D

Hi; Sorry to pop in here. But; I have something to say on the subject of 'bad TV'.
I was watching a TV with some people in their house. It was about Police Science. It was made in the US for US audiences. It was so wrong. Some weird shit like, "We must scrape this dried blood out of the carpet and send it to CREN. They will tell us what kind of dog this 'sick mf' had when he was twelve." It was so stupid. The emotion of fear carried the story. It was stupid.
Dr. Who was or is optimistic and whimsical. I like Dr. Who. He is alone. So; All the sadness is wrapped up in the underlying story line. He is all alone. He has one human pet after another. He loves them each. Shirley, He must. (Don't call me Shirley.)
The way a human loves a dog. Dogs love us in return, sort of. Dr. Who is complex.

The time travel is just way of making guesses about human problems. The people then; Not now.

Where are people in China pretending to time travel off too? Are they going back to a time of great Peace and Intellectual Excellence?

I am going through a phase. I imagine how different the world would be if all TV was educational. Really. We have the internet for this and for searching for Porn. TV could be Each Channel is a different subject.
Math on one Channel.
Language lessons on a different Channel.
Those two make sense.
Science would need several Channels.
Basic Science
Biology: Basic and fun stuff all day. Some boring math in the night.
Geology: More boring than Biology. All the stuff that was ever alive has been dead a long time. The math these guys have to do, boggles me. I have to have it explained. We could have first year, second year and ?
We could have an Anthropology Station. They would need their own department. Good Grief.
I think that it could be so much fun.

It seems that I am advocating for a kind of control over the televisions. I just woke up.
I looked over a woman shoulder. She was watching TV. She made a sound so two of us looked to see what she was watching. AHHH! It was Ewww! I think that if, I were to describe what I saw on that screen, then, the moderators would send me a sharply worded message. Children watch that stuff?!

We don't want to think about now, too much. Now is scary. I watched American TV. That is scary stuff. To have a world view that is shaped by ewww.

I like to have a Sesame Street world view. I am not in favor of censorship. But; Jeese. See? Common Decency and Common Sense do not seem to be common.

Poor Cookie Monster. Cookies are not the healthy choice. But carrots and celery are not as much fun to crumble. Cookie Monster already traveled in time, like Dr. Who. Were there ever more than one? The Garbage Pail guy is a Monster like Cookie.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby CorruptUser » Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:59 pm UTC

This may be the only way to keep the courts clear of any jackass Yanks from Connecticut.

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Postby emceng » Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:04 pm UTC

CorruptUser wrote:This may be the only way to keep the courts clear of any jackass Yanks from Connecticut.


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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby El Spark » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:12 pm UTC

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:Forget Harry Potter, this bans By His Bootstraps


Oh this will not STAND.

It also bans The Toyenbee Convector.

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby The Reaper » Tue Aug 02, 2011 11:54 pm UTC

I've got a strange question. Would "The Time Machine" be banned? He never travels backwards in time. Are they banning forward travelling through time?

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby Singa Crew » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:07 pm UTC

What's next?

China bans fictional wizards from using "Unforgivable Curses"?

JK Rowling forced to do re-writes for Chinese editions of Harry Potter novels?

:D

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Re: China bans time travel in fiction

Postby jakovasaur » Thu Aug 04, 2011 12:16 pm UTC

Singa Crew wrote:What's next?

China bans fictional wizards from using "Unforgivable Curses"?

JK Rowling forced to do re-writes for Chinese editions of Harry Potter novels?

:D

Harry Potter, or at least Prisoner of Azkaban, would fall under this ban already.


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