China’s Communist Party keeps a pretty close eye on the information to which the enormous nation is privy, as well as the attitude with which it spreads. But, in this modern age of technology, it seems that the government is struggling to silence all of the dissent, and issues such as air pollution and ineffective sewage systems are tainting public opinion of the communists. The nation’s self-sanctioned Twitter equivalent, Weibo, is one of the main contributors to this rapid spread of unsavory information and opinions, and while the most inflaming comments are inevitably erased from the site, by then the damage is already done.
Late last month, Beijing held its annual marathon, and observers using Weibo offered us some interesting insights into the actions and opinions of the participants. Apparently, an unfortunate lack of bathrooms led to thousands of marathon runners relieving themselves against the wall of the Zhongnanhai, a central government compound adjacent to the Forbidden City!