2006-04-29

Mainlandization of Apple Daily

Via New Century Net, Li Dali speaks up about how low some of Apple Daily's op-ed has become, in particular, that from pseudo-scholar Jiao Guobiao, "It is a pity that this appears on the only newspaper with conscience in HK, Apple Daily, I am concerned about the 'mainlandization' of your paper"

Mr Li, you are not alone. You are being too nice to Jiao. Most of his essays are like that. They all made their way into AD miraculously.

Meanwhile, Jimmy Lai. Please read Stephen Cheung's "Dialectic on Chess Move Undo", also originally from AD. The comments apply to a lot of areas.
  • 记载说,莫札特写乐曲很少修改。莫札特是天才,庄逊、山木、陶杰也近于天才吧。有趣的问题是,这些下笔不改的写手,可能试行修改也改不出什么进境。
  • Mozart is a genius, he seldom needs to revise his work. Johnson is; Lin Shanmu is; and Tao Jie is probably close to a genius(?) The interesting issue is, for that certain "writing hand" who does not bother to edit, perhaps he could not improve even if he tries to revise.
  • 逻辑不错不等于不需要走几着回手棋。事实的真相可能早时没有充分的掌握,局限的理解可能有失误,假设可能要更改一下。这些与逻辑无关:逻辑对,不等于结论也对。
  • 世界太复杂,逻辑频频出错的人是不应该搞科学的。因为科学没有永远不错的理论,从事的人要懂得下回手棋,更要乐意回手。
  • 逻辑这回事,有些人天生下来就没有问题,有些人怎样争取也无可救药。一般来说,天生较弱的两三个月的训练就差不多了。不要节省这生命中的一小撮时间,而以逻辑推理要小心。小心者,多下回手棋是也。
  • About logic, some people are good at it, innately; but it is hopeless for some others. Generally speaking, a few months' training would help. Do not be stingy on such a short period of time within the long span of life, one needs to pay attention to logic.

N.B. mainlandization = behaves like the party organ in mainland China

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【争鸣】李大立:政治评论切勿庸俗化

(香港)李大立

看了今天(4月19日)「苹果日报」「论坛」焦国标先生「连大娘选美本性发功」一文(「新世纪」网站转载),心中很不是滋味,因为类似这种以人身攻击作政治评论的文章和焦先生所指责的肉麻吹捧的御用文章一样,充斥大陆传媒,足见其「社会舆论」水准的低劣,可惜出现在香港目前仅有的良心报纸「苹果日报」上,笔者为贵报「大陆化」担心,故作此文,希望能借贵报一角供读者议论。

去年杨振宁教授再婚时,大陆传媒同样出现过这种现象,官方传媒肉麻吹捧,民间舆论一遍骂声,其中很多对当事人杨振宁教授和翁帆小姐的人身攻击不堪入目。笔者看不过眼,写了一篇短文「从杨振宁教授再婚一事看两岸三地的心理文化」,发表在海外网站和「开放」杂志上,笔者的观点是:男婚女嫁是当事人的私事,任何人包括父母在内都无权干涉,更无权因为年龄差异辱骂当事人。你可以严厉批判杨振宁教谟倒裁墓驳恼喂鄣悖蛘??疑他的学术论文,但是决不可以侮辱对方,诅咒别人的婚姻,在此事上大陆香港台湾传媒的言论足见两岸三地心理文化的巨大差异,从这种差异又可以看到两岸三地社会制度的巨大不同。

笔者理解焦先生痛恨共产党独裁专制和操控传媒,佩服焦先生写出「讨伐中宣部」一文,声讨专制文化。但是窃以为对连战先生率国民党代表团出席大陆经济研讨会一事的成败得失,对两岸政治经济形势的影响,以及对中国大陆民主化的利弊等等都应该客观冷静地分析,提出自己的论点,以理服人。而不应该只字不提这些严肃的话题,全篇文章用以指名道姓地嘲笑别人的外貌:「只见眼皮,不见眼珠」、「狮子鼻」……;轻蔑别人的年纪:「六七十岁的老头子、老婆子」、「老玉女」……;甚至连所有的「选美小姐」都连带被侮辱一番:「选美小姐是一种特殊人群,她们不属于十二属相任何一种,甚至出乎动物界」……。到底焦先生是想评论连战的政治取向还是想评论他连带他太太的样貌?连战的政治立场和他以及夫人的眼睛鼻子有何关系?焦先生文章的开首语说:「连战来颐和园吃饭,这不甘寂寞的老头子怎么会这么无聊呢」?还断言「祸根很可能是他的婆姨」。开篇就错了!任何人都有权去颐和园吃饭,这和「无聊」有什么关系?和人家的「婆姨」有什么关系?「无聊」的是用公款请客,用警察封路的共产党!

笔者认为不应该将严肃的政治评论庸俗化,更不应该将这种大陆文风带来香港。由此,笔者非常同意李怡先生对某些海外民运人士用共产党的方法反对共产党的批评,共产党在中国大陆五十多年来的愚民灌输,造就了整整几代大陆中国人的思维方法和行事方式,包括文风,不是轻易可以扭转的,就连焦先生这样的「北京大学新闻与传播学院前副教授」也不可幸免。他们总是认为为了达到目的,可以不择手段,因而也就永远跳不出「以暴易暴」和「冤冤相报」这个恶性循环。但愿这种大陆风不要吹到香港的传媒和文坛上,让海外华人保留一方文化净土。
(写于4月19日)
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6 comments:

88 said...

SB,

Is New Century Net a FLG site? Are there any Chinese "news" sites outside of China that have no relation to FLG? I am only familiar with sites like 看中国, which is a FLG site. Wenxue City usually stays away from politics or anything too controversial. I usually read the MIT BBS, but that gets very predictable. ;) Anyway, do you have any recommendations? Thanks.

Sun Bin said...

:) there are indeed a few FLG sites disguised as 'news/commentary' site. i was tricked a couple times in the past. (i think i quoted some article in the past from these sites)

But this one seems to be a legitimate one. the editor is zhang weiguo. i think he was with World Economic Herald, the paper closed by Jiang ZM in 1989. he left china a few years later. the overtone of this site seems to be quite objective. this is no chao changqing.

but since it is a dissident site, and probably has received some of the funding from 'human right/democracy fund', the selection may be predominantly dissident voices.

the search (click author name) is also pretty good. looks like a good source to me (i found it via ESWN).
however, i would still be vigilent and critical on any of these sites.

ESWN said...

I regret to say that not even NCN is entirely trustworthy.
Here is an example that I can think of: when Strait Times journalist
Ching Cheong was arrested, NCN posted an article from some individual
who asserted that Ching Cheong was persecuted because he was the
probable author of the brilliant Nine Criticisms which caused
millions of CCP members to resign. Hmmm ...
I therefore recommend that you look at each article and make your
own assessement. I would rate it as 90% or better okay,
in the sense that the individuals are expressing their opinions
honestly as opposed to fabricating information.

ESWN said...

speaking of ncn, the latest Jiao Guobiao article in Apple Daily/NCN was so bad that I wanted to translate it as an exhibit about how the bankrupt the Chinese rightwing is.
台独是政见,不是罪恶
http://www.ncn.org/asp/zwginfo/da-KAY.asp?ID=68508&ad=4/27/2006

This man was an associate professor at Peking U before he was shit-canned.
Why did it take so long? How did he ever get promoted?

Sun Bin said...

it is funny he always list Ass Prof Peking Univ in his essay. he only reminds me of the "4 big 'defenders' of basic law".

jiao's essay has no logic at all, i think he and epoch times is the best match.

however, i do not disagree with all his premises or conclusions (eg we all know the proganda dept is shit). it is just the total lack of logic that appalled me.

the irony is, he is no different from the entral Propaganda Dept. if i were the minister of propaganda, he would be the first person i hire. :)

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