Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Temper Enthusiasm for China's Digital Age

I really enjoy the Monitor, and have been reading it for many years. But sometimes your perspective is a bit too rosy. Take the article "When a Quarter of Humanity Joins the Digital Age" (Dec.12), for example. While it is true that China is quickly being pulled into the "computer revolution," don't forget that China is very unlike the rest of the world.

China passed a law in 1996 requiring that Internet service providers be licensed by the national government. The law also requires Internet links to be filtered through government computers and all news content to be approved by the Xinhua News Agency before it's distributed to online users. Citizens must register with the government within 30 days of obtaining an online account. While I applaud Feng Jun and other Chinese entrepreneurs for their vision and spirit, their country's government is doing everything within its power to make online access as limited and difficult to obtain as possible. A belief that "within the next decade, every urban Chinese family will own a computer" is simply not justified considering the political climate and government control over the lives of people in China. We also must recognize the horrible poverty outside China's urban areas. Surely we cannot expect China's rural population, many of whom go to bed hungry every night, to join "the rush to cyberspace." There may be a computer revolution going on in China - but it is not the sunny, bright dawn your article portends. Douglas J. Swanson Shawnee, Okla. Assistant Professor of Journalism Oklahoma Baptist University Entrepreneurship increases options As a graduate-level educator and an experienced businessman, I recommend you find editors with some idea of economics to screen the nonsense in the opinion article "It's Late - Still at Work?" (Dec. 11), regarding attempts to shorten the work week. 1. The article mentions how the Kellogg Company instituted a 30-hour week in 1930. But how did it produce the increase in productivity that this demanded? Kellogg increased investment in machinery, methods, and procedures, boosting the productivity of each worker. …

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