Our article on Jin Jing disappears from Google

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.”

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5 Responses to Our article on Jin Jing disappears from Google

  1. Pingback: Jin Jing, Beijing’s Parody of Martyrdom « Under the Jacaranda Tree

  2. Teresa says:

    Ned,

    Lenovo is not an American corporation. According to this article from TMCnet, Lenovo “not only is a major Olympic sponsor, its biggest shareholder is the Chinese government, albeit indirectly. Chinese investment firm Legend Holdings owns 41.8 percent of Lenovo; the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a government agency, owns about 65 percent of Legend. That effectively makes the Chinese government Lenovo’s biggest owner.”

    Lenovo has contracted Ketchum, an American corporation, as its PR agent for the 2006 Winter and 2008 Summer Olympics. I found this article, which may be of interest to you. The article is from PR Week. It says, “Lenovo hired Ketchum for PR related to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and the 2008 Beijing games, but the firm was not contracted to address issues regarding current events.” That doesn’t sound right to me. If Ketchum is not contracted to address “current events”, why is it that a blogger who is known to be Ketchum’s representative in Beijing is writing post after post defending “the martyrdom of Jin Jing”?

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    Teresa,

    Thanks for that. And the line in PR Week, “Ketchum…was not contracted to address issues regarding current events” is Orwellian Newspeak worthy of North Korea. “Current events” include, literally, everything that is happening currently. Or even if taken in its conventional meaning of “newsworthy events”, the fact remains that what Ketchum is doing for the torch is inseparable from “current events.”

    The abuse of that phrase reminds me of how so many CCP members (even the good ones) are programmed to say, “We are not interested in politics”, when in fact care about nothing but politics, to the point of paranoid obsession.

  4. Ned Kelly says:

    Teresa, and others, go see the update I’ve added to this post.

  5. Pingback: Jin Jing, Beijing’s Parody of Martyrdom (re-posted) « Under the Jacaranda Tree

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