China Bans ‘Time Travel’ On Television

Kevin Voight writes for CNN:

Hong Kong, China – China has been cracking down on dissent of late, as the recent detainment of artist Ai Weiwei suggests.

But the latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal – or, rather, an attack against the surreal.

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.”

“The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

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15 Comments on "China Bans ‘Time Travel’ On Television"

  1. Don’t worry, this article will be retconned away soon enough.

  2. Don’t worry, this article will be retconned away soon enough.

  3. Who needs creativity and imagination anyway? Booooring

  4. Who needs creativity and imagination anyway? Booooring

  5. Bud Bundy | Apr 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm |

    Great People’s Harmonious and Great Government of Great Democracy does not need your filthy science fiction! It has plenty of fiction in its history books!

  6. Bud Bundy | Apr 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm |

    Great People’s Harmonious and Great Government of Great Democracy does not need your filthy science fiction! It has plenty of fiction in its history books!

  7. SpaceCadet | Apr 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm |

    Active imaginations create great art & science, as well as science fiction. China exports boat loads of product to the USA, but are apparently reluctant to import inane entertainment cuz of it’s threat of cultural & ideological corruption. China’s social upheaval in the 1960’s led to radical, systemic economic overhaul, but left the ponderous governmental weight of the Long March’s legacy intact & entrenched. The Chinese leadership needs to lighten up, chill out & literally “clear the air.”

  8. SpaceCadet | Apr 14, 2011 at 7:26 pm |

    Active imaginations create great art & science, as well as science fiction. China exports boat loads of product to the USA, but are apparently reluctant to import inane entertainment cuz of it’s threat of cultural & ideological corruption. China’s social upheaval in the 1960’s led to radical, systemic economic overhaul, but left the ponderous governmental weight of the Long March’s legacy intact & entrenched. The Chinese leadership needs to lighten up, chill out & literally “clear the air.”

  9. i didn’t say anything because i don’t watch TV in China.

  10. i didn’t say anything because i don’t watch TV in China.

  11. Hadrian999 | Apr 15, 2011 at 12:42 am |

    they don’t want doc brown corrupting their youth

  12. Hadrian999 | Apr 14, 2011 at 8:42 pm |

    they don’t want doc brown corrupting their youth

  13. The ban of science fiction is just an excuse of a greater ban – a ban of free thought and imagination. Free thoughts are powerful and can change the course of history. If China can control how people think, they can control the future and destiny. Did you remember travel faster than the speed of sound or space exploration used to be myth and fantasy?

  14. The ban of science fiction is just an excuse of a greater ban – a ban of free thought and imagination. Free thoughts are powerful and can change the course of history. If China can control how people think, they can control the future and destiny. Did you remember travel faster than the speed of sound or space exploration used to be myth and fantasy?

  15. The ban of science fiction is just an excuse of a greater ban – a ban of free thought and imagination. Free thoughts are powerful and can change the course of history. If China can control how people think, they can control the future and destiny. Did you remember travel faster than the speed of sound or space exploration used to be myth and fantasy?

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