Zola went to the girl’s funeral, talked to the folks and posted the story on his blog.
Tiger Temple is quite different than Zola. Tiger Temple’s story is equally interesting and shocking. He started blogging when he saw a woman get killed on the street, he called the cops and started taking photographs but to his surprise, when the police arrived, instead of attending to the scene and apprehending the criminal, they went straight for his camera and stopped him from taking pictures (Carter, 2012). He went home that day and posted the pictures he had taken and wrote about it.
Tiger Temple gets involved with the people, talks to them like a friend. Instead of getting hardcore answers, he listens to them and publishes what they have to say. He usually roams around Beijing’s Tiananmen’s Square, interacting with the homeless people.
The blogs by both the Chinese bloggers (Zola and Tiger Temple) get censored. China has a very controlled Internet environment. From there, it is very hard to access documents that are deemed controversial by the government. The authorities take off the blog posts and pictures they think are not appropriate for public dissemination from the blogs.
The tech-savvy Zola knows how to tackle the ‘Great Firewall’ and uses techniques that keep him relatively secure but still lets him (Carter, 2012). He uses his pet cat as a ‘person’, a talking feline on his blog and reports stories. Temple Tiger is just courageous, his blog might not be as clever as Zola’s but he blogs with bravery and says that there are many people that need to be heard and he is doing the blogging for them.
Recall the statistics presented in the reading, Xiao 2011, about the average Chinese internet user. As you watch the film, try to decide if you think the average Chinese person with internet access would be interested in these two