I was reading the comments from my previous post regarding China's 10-month Internet ban when I came across an interesting question by James. He asked how the Chinese government could maintain such control over the people when their actions seem to only mistreat and abuse. I decided to go back a bit in history, and came across An Illustrated History of the Communist Party of China which shares the context of the rise and adaptation of the Communist party in China. Very interesting read, as it is written entirely from a Communist perspective.
As I was reviewing these pieces of history, I could have hit myself for overlooking China's original--and most poignant--form of propaganda: Mao Zedong's Little Red Book. After Chairman Mao came to power, many of his sayings were recorded and published as a small red book. It became unwritten law to carry at all times for continual indoctrination into Communist ideology. It was produced in mass quantities, and as a result, was the most printed book written in the twentieth century.
Accompanying the shift into digital age, I began thinking of the resources the Chinese government could exploit to publish its propaganda. Without the complicated resources of paper, ink, binding, labor, etc., needed to mass produce billions of Little Red Books, what can China accomplish (is accomplishing?) with the seemingly unlimited resources of new technology?