Thursday, April 14, 2011

China Bans Time Travel (for Television)

Okay, then.

The authoritarian government of China has announced a new policy:  depictions of time travel are no longer allowed on television.  The ban comes as China is cracking down on dissent across the nation.  Apparently, the government is afraid that revolutionaries will be inspired enough by time traveling to challenge the government.

The Chinese government, however, said the ban is simply there because time-traveling goes against their heritage.
More from CNN:
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.”

The Chinese censors seem to be especially sensitive these days. But for the television and film industry, such strictures would seem to eliminate any Chinese version of “Star Trek,” “The X-Files,” “Quantum Leap” or “Dr. Who.” And does that mean rebroadcast of huge Hollywood moneymakers like “Back to the Future” and the “Terminator” series are now forbidden?

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1 comment:

  1. Edit - strike "authoritarian;" insert "totalitarian."