Virtual Reality of Chinese Internet Cop Pt. 4: History Crasher (Illustration)

May 24, 2012 Updated: September 22, 2015

June 4What would happen if one of China’s 40,000 Internet Police carried out his virtual duties in the real world? What if he was so plugged into his role of “purifying” the Internet, that he couldn’t help but act out those responsibilities in his daily life? We present to you “The Virtual Reality of a Chinese Internet Cop.”

June 4, 1989, is a day of infamy for those familiar with recent Chinese history, the day when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ordered soldiers to open fire on unarmed students in Tiananmen Square appealing for democracy in China.

Now, 23 years later, the CCP has maintained efforts to keep 1.3 billion Chinese from learning about what happened that day. If you search “Tiananmen Square” in China’s results-controlled search engines, you will see happy families on a tranquil plaza. Search that same phrase in Google and you’ll see the polar opposite—tanks and soldiers, articles about the massacre, and so on.

With leaked documents revealing Premier Wen Jiabao’s goal of redressing the incident coming to fruition, it is possible all of China will soon know what happened on June 4, 1989. In the meantime, we can count on the iCop to keep the masses “safe and censored.”

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