Monday 23 April 2018

Reality can be hard to watch, and too much for some to bear

It leaves a bad taste when the faults of a society are harshly reflected back at us on the television screen, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Chinese money may yet save the world economy. Mainly because they're the only ones who have any of it to spare right now.

But can Chinese values save us from ourselves in other ways too?

The Chinese State Administration of Film, Television and Radio -- a bit like the RTE Authority with added teeth -- has struck the first blow by banning a TV show called Super Girl which regularly attracted 400 million viewers tuning in to watch would-be pop stars competing against one another for a shot at fame.

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