I wrote this post ages ago and stuck it in my drafts folder and forgot it existed, so that’s why you’re getting it now. Better late than never. Also it has nothing to do with Batman.
China is now in my rear-view mirror (which don’t exist, consequently, in India), and even though it’s been almost three weeks since I left, there’s something that still bothers me about it. It probably has something to do with the constant presence and overwhelming control of their government, made manifest by the blatant censorship of any and all kinds of media. You know, something like that. I’d never really formed an opinion of Communism before visiting China. And maybe the whole censorship thing has nothing to do with Communism, except that it does in the way that it has allowed leaders to exploit their power to the detriment of the country. It does to the point where it allows leaders to crush any citizen or idea that goes against the party. To the point where movies will not be shown in the country if there’s anything against China in them. To the point where entire social networking sites will be blocked to stop dissemination of information. It’s the control of information that bothered me the most, because if you control knowledge, you can control people. And they will feel so helpless that they won’t even bother to fight back.