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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ai WeiWei Is A Tabloid's Dream Subject So Why Don't They Feature Him?

Ai Wei Wei holds off the Chinese Government with his art, humor and the powerful weapon of TWITTER.

Hitting China With Humor

Op-Ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof HERE

Ai WeiWei follows Nietzsche and Baudrillard following Nietzsche. Excess. Pushing China to the limits with ingenuity, humor, wit and fun, Ai WeiWei keeps shadow boxing them. Examples:

CHINA’S leaders have tried honoring Ai Weiwei and bribing him with the offer of high positions. They have tried jailing him, fining him and clubbing him so brutally that he needed emergency brain surgery. In desperation, they have even begged him to behave — and nothing works.

Ai WeiWei  who makes a video of himself dancing “Gangnam style” with handcuffs — parodying the Chinese state — that quickly ends up with more than one million views on YouTube?  And this is a visual pun on Nietzsche's saying "Dancing in Chains". The East and West come together with Ai WeiWei's philosophical acts

That is what they are.

“I think they don’t know how to handle someone like me,” Ai said in an interview. “They kind of give up managing me.”

The pressure left Ai feeling more strongly than ever that one of China’s biggest problems is autocratic government. He became more outspoken, not less.
“At every step, they pushed me into it,” he said. “I told them, ‘You create people like me.’

After briefly lying low after his imprisonment, Ai has resumed his political pranks. Mocking the authorities for installing 15 cameras to monitor his movements, he broadcast a public “weiweicam” on the Internet with a feed from his bedroom so the government could keep an even closer eye on him.
“They almost begged me to turn it off,” he said with a grin.
When Hillary Clinton talks about Internet freedom, I think that’s really beautiful.”
This is the strategy folks. Memorize it.
Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart need a paparazzi strategy.

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