1. Yeah, it’s lame. But it’s the work of some photographer that got sent out to Beijing and as a fresh off the boat photographer who is ignorant to China, that was the best the photographer could do. Obviously, -they- don’t have the know-how of the Sinosplice network. It’s lame. cliche, and nothing new – but expect a lot more of this lame stuff to surface.

  2. Da Xiangchang Says: June 23, 2005 at 7:52 pm

    Well, I wouldn’t call it “lame.” The more appropriate word is dull. Like Wilson said, nothing new under the Chinese sun. Could be worse, though. Another one of those look-how-cool-the-Chinese-can-also-be deals! 🙁

  3. i kind of think the title is referring to the data that comes after, and probably quite lengthy article in the magazine. the pictures are just fluff for the article.

  4. Umm… wtf is this picture?

    This could be taken in any of the rotating restaurants around the world. I guess the only way you can tell it’s China is the smog you see out the window.

  5. Luo Dawei Says: June 24, 2005 at 12:51 am

    It is rather dull. Of course, MSM still seems to be way behind the curve when it comes to reporting trends that the blogsphere is hashing out months before MSM picks it up. For a while now, I have not perused MSM to follow any meaningful news on China. I use sites like this one, Running Dog, Peking Duck, ESWN and the like. I am surprised that the Time article had no links to the China blogsphere at all in thier China on the web section.

  6. I thought the infographics at the end were cool. But yeah, the photos were lame. I think it’s funny, knowing China better you can pretty much track the reporter’s expense-account-paid trek through high-class expat Shanghai or Beijing by the pictures they take and people they interview.

    The “attendant sits in a wedding shop in Beijing” pic was funny though. They should have made it clearer in the caption, though, that she was giving the cold shoulder to several customers to write another SMS to her boyfriend.

  7. After just a few months of reading China blogs, I knew from the get-go that the China articles in the TIME magazine that showed up on my door today would make me feel like an expert on a subject that I don’t even really know that much about; thanks to the fact that the blogosphere is more detailed, and I think, personally honest than any TIME article could ever be. Nothing beats personal experience. Thank you blogworld for sharing personal experiences, thus breaking through all the layers that an article has to go through.

  8. boring pics… the first pic was still okay but the rest… pff

  9. Yeah, just read my issue of TIME: “China’s New Revolution” and nothing much new in it. It’s like they couldn’t find anything big to talk about in this issue, so they go back to the rising China thing again.

    They can’t link to blogs… otherwise people might being addicted to them and cancel their TIME magazine subscriptions. Subscriptions to blogs are free!

  10. Kikko Man Says: June 25, 2005 at 12:53 am

    I think that photographer had an hour or two to get his material. And what’s with the odd high contrast processing???

  11. “Subscriptions to blogs are free!”

    That’s true but don’t get it twisted.

    So what explains forking over $XX.XX to the magazines when you could be supporting the blogs that make your world go around on a daily basis? Unless you actually produce, you will not come close to understanding the time (money) and commitment/passion it takes to produce an established weblog. Let’s support the blogs that make it happen.

  12. Lame yes, but have you seen their previous photo spreads about China? God, their review of Shanghai was absolutely pitiful. My 10 year old niece could do a better job. Somebody actually paid that photographer for those photos? I’m in the wrong business.

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