Now here’s a mystery. Yesterday our article criticising China’s PR agents’ cynical exploitation of Jin Jing was on the second page of Google under the term “Jin Jing.” It has received more traffic than any other article on our blog has ever received.
Now, mysteriously, it has entirely disappeared from Google – disappeared from AMERICAN Google, not Chinese – under any and all search terms, including its full title, “Jin Jing, Beijing’s Parody of Martyrdom.” Oblique references to it can be found, but the article itself has disappeared from Google. Entirely.
The fact that the man who attempted to take the torch from her has become the victim of a worldwide cyber-lynching with Chinese nationalists calling for his murder, does make us wonder what has gone on behind the scenes.
And cui bono? Who benefits from this? The Torch’s corporate sponsors, Lenovo, and their PR agents, have the most to gain or to lose from how the torch is perceived.
UPDATE: “(Lenovo) is working with Google Inc. to launch a blogging site, www.2008.lenovo.com, that will host blogs by Olympic athletes from all over the world to create a sort of online Olympic village.”