when we wake up thinking this or that, we feel that we own the world, that we
think freely, that we have the ability to judge right from wrong, good from bad.
When our Olympic games are a success, we cheer with joy; when we lose a football
game, we cry our heart out; when our embassy is bombed, we rush out to
demonstrate; when a dispute arises over ownership of some small islands, we
crush Japanese cars with hatred and anger. We believe without any doubt that our
brain is thinking what we should be thinking.
Movie, The Truman Show, depicts the
life of Truman, who lives in TV show. He thinks he has a free and colorful life,
but he finds out by chance that he lives in a controlled world, that his
everyday thinking and behaviors are controlled by a program.
much different are our lives from Truman's? On the media, we watch the news,
read ideas, topics to discuss. These things are all set up in advance. The
Chinese have a term for it: " topic set." There are rules called
"the regulation of propaganda," "the regulations of
reporting." We may know that the "water force" and "50 cent
army" (- a term of description of people who are paid to post opinion or
idea on internet, like water force
crushing, or like army occupying internet, )are paid public opinion on internet,
but when we cross over the "wall" (internet "wall"
- a block setting on internet to prevent Chinese from seeing outside world) into
the free world's internet, we still see them fighting, who may be paid by the
political left or right wings.
sleep. Maybe only in our dreams can we be ourselves. When we wake up, a voice
will ask: "Have you been brainwashed today?"