What Pud say is true. I was at a school with 12 different houses. We were the only one without a TV (annual vote)..and guess what, our house had the highest 'out of hours' attendance at the art school, music school, technology lab..you name it, by a country mile.
TV stifles creativity..though I confess there are three of the bloody things in our house, and that is at least two too many IMHO, but I only live here
CNN I hate, anything Murdoch I hate (though to be fair he did sort out the most insidious closed shop union in the UK..which was no bad thing IMHO).
And yes..you only have to speak to people who actually go to China to appreciate the diversity of the place... I used to work for a company that managed a lot of money in Hong Kong, and they were selling the China story pretty hard 20 years ago. I have friends who have moved their factories to China, but I also hear horror stories about the sweat shop garment industry, the removal of safety guards from steam pressing machines, and the appalling scars on the arms of the operators evidencing the accidents that occur as a result.
You just have to look at our own industrial revolution, and its happening in China right now..the good and the bad.
Did you know that even during the Communist era 20% of the Chinese economy was still in private hands . They are natural entrepreneurs, unlike the Soviets who centralised and controlled everything, and have had a very painful time adjusting to the way the rest of the world economy works.
I must add I have never been to China or indeed anywhere near, but I did have a nice takeaway from the Golden Dragon in Boston last night...does that count??..No, didn't think so.