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China recruits 10.5 million to 50-cent party

Diqiucun_Cunmin
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4/6/2015 9:11:03 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
http://news.mingpao.com...

Sorry I don't have an English source yet. Basically, univerisities and other youth groups in China have been ordered to recruit volunteer 50-cent party members. For those who didn't know, the 50-cent party is a jocular term for paid shills in China who post pro-government messages and report anti-government ones. They are named for the fact that each post gives them 50 cents (though I've heard their piece wage has increased since).

Technically, these new volunteers aren't members of the 50-cent party because they aren't paid for their work. However, universities are being pressured into meeting a certain 'recruitment quota' for these new posts they call 'online civilisation volunteers' to maintain a 'civilised' web. ('Civilisation' is a common buzzword in Mainland China.)

Do you think this was a good move? Personally, I think the quotas are problematic. There will always be those who love the party and the country and would love to contribute to the party's stability and prosperity by spread 'positive energy', as their job description calls it, on the Internet. However, the majority of them will probably be unwilling to do it. The 50-cent thing is not only a distraction from their studies; it may give rise to discontent among those who were forced to do it.
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4/7/2015 5:25:43 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
In America, this kind of activity when done by private actors for the purposes of promoting a business is considered unethical and in some jurisdictions illegal.

http://en.wikipedia.org...
http://www.nytimes.com...
At 8/9/2013 9:41:24 AM, wrichcirw wrote:
If you are civil with me, I will be civil to you. If you decide to bring unreasonable animosity to bear in a reasonable discussion, then what would you expect other than to get flustered?