Wednesday, May 14, 2014



The smog has become so thick in Beijing that the city's light-starved masses have begun flocking to huge digital commercial television screens across the city to observe virtual sunrises.

TechinAsia says this story is an urban legea. TechinAsia is wrong. My friend Devin is teaching English in Beijing. The sunrise that appears on this screen is part of a commercial, TechninAsia claims, and was not intended to mimic sunrises. So what? Devin says few Chinese pay any attention to it -- unless it's a smoggy morning, and then (he says) they gather around the screen to watch the sun rise.

No one is claiming (as TechinAsia distorts it) that the Chinese government is merely running a sunrise on the screen.

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