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China is changing how we listen to music

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This story is part of our ongoing series on how China is reshaping our world. “Old Town Road,” by 20-year-old rapper Lil Nas X, has already become the viral sensation of 2019. A Billboard #1 hit merging Atlanta rap with country music, the song was streamed 143 million times in one week, breaking a recordRead full story

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  • The ways China is framing media technologies, and making them available to an international market is considerable. Though one must remain skeptical about its ability to ever project soft power through unique creative pop-culture content itself. China as a totalitarian state is inherently self-limiting

    The ways China is framing media technologies, and making them available to an international market is considerable. Though one must remain skeptical about its ability to ever project soft power through unique creative pop-culture content itself. China as a totalitarian state is inherently self-limiting towards individuals pursuing creative projects.

    If everything is viewed through the scope of politics, combined with the CCP’s clear desire to have its hands in everything domestically - especially culture - China cannot hope to reasonably compete on original creative content itself with a far more open West. This is made rather clear when China’s pop stars suddenly disappear from the public eye on strange charges. So China influencing the technological mediums would seem the way to best dictate matters.

  • What’s interesting is that Chinese tech companies are enabling global audiences that are then refining culture in the west. So China doesn’t need to export its own culture—as the US did with Hollywood or the UK with the Beatles and Rolling Stones—but rather can influence global culture profoundly by

    What’s interesting is that Chinese tech companies are enabling global audiences that are then refining culture in the west. So China doesn’t need to export its own culture—as the US did with Hollywood or the UK with the Beatles and Rolling Stones—but rather can influence global culture profoundly by making the platforms and assembling the massive user basis that accelerate its definition. China is largely behind the scenes with this, unlike Hollywood as an identifiably US export—but it’s possible to see that changing. And the cultural power is there in any case.

  • An incredible story and so worth a read. Hearables will be the future tech to watch.

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