In a state trip of America in 2015, during a state visit to the political United States in 2015. The president Xi Jinping publicly dismissed the contrast of China’s vast and eye-catching. Anti-corruption program with the cult American TV show The House of Cards.
The reality of China, Xi said, there isn’t any power struggle, and no behind-the-scenes political intrigue. However as In The Name of the People the corruption-focused political drama on television. Debuted in March, attracting millions of viewers each week. The media was quick to draw comparisons to the Netflix show.
Applauded And Applauded Appallingly Political
The drama, which runs for 55 episodes, is China’s latest attempt to draw on the world of pop culture to highlight. Its achievements and resolutions in the massive corruption crackdown that Xi began when he came to power in 2012.
The show was a huge success, and quickly gained a reputation as one of the top shows. On Chinese screens both locally as well as internationally. The show’s popularity has recently increased to 7percent, which broke the record of ten years for China’s domestic drama market. One of the online streaming platforms, iQiyi has received nearly 5.9 billion viewers.
The viewers both shock and applauding scenes that not often seen. In China such as a corruption-ridden Party leader kneeling. And crying for pardon after mounds notes hidden in his private house are discover by the main character. A young and competent prosecutor; and a corrupt local judge who caught in the bed. With a blonde foreign prostitute paid for by an entrepreneur.
Product Of The Political
These kinds of dirt have been the basis of a lot of gossip in China however. It has not been as vividly depicted. China’s culture production is heavily control and extremely control. The Party’s supreme media monitor The State Administration of Press. Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) decides what Chinese viewers are allow to see.
In the Name of the People has appeared on television because it’s more. An ideological mission than being a product that driven by the market. The program is sponsor and fund by China’s top National Prosecutor’s Office, also known as the Supreme People’s Procuratorate. It’s costs of around 120 million yuan (US$17.4 million) that’s twice the amount of other locally-produce television shows.
A public official of the State Procuratorate said to Chinese media they received directives from the agency that monitors media outlets to encourage positive energy by showcasing the effectiveness of China’s anti-corruption campaign, and not the magnitude of corruption that exists within the country.
Given this responsibility by the government and responsibilities, the main actors on the show have been too eager to share positive energy positive energy: they have overacted, ultimately making the show look bad in terms of artistic quality, according to certain reviewers via social media.
But this flaw hasn’t stopped viewers from tuning in for its political focus that is rare within China in recent times. Ten years ago the anti-graft dramas were a common sight however, in 2004 they shut down by authorities because they were low quality.
In the absence or political drama, what has dominated in China are shows on television that deal with family morals or on Chinese soldiers’ brave fight against Japanese during WWII or the emperors’ concubines in the palace of the Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. However, as China’s political landscape shifts and its political landscape changes, so will its entertainment options on the screen.
Manipulation Of Political Power
Television has been an effective medium in many nations for the mass manipulation of political power since the 1950s and is still in spite of the constantly changing media ecological. In China the television channel is the most preferred battlefield for gaining public support and shaping public opinion to support Xi’s anti-corruption crackdown.
Since 2016, grieving corrupt government officials were crying about their crimes on news programs with primetime programming and in documentaries created by the corruption watchdog of the government agency.
The government has chosen to release engaging television dramas targeted at a large public. In addition to the current smash eleven additional primetime dramas on China’s corruption investigation set to appear on the screens of millions of households in the coming months.
The torrent of rain is likely to influence the public perception in China regarding what is happening with the Xi administration’s anti-graft strategy and its major accomplishments.
Watches That Are Compulsory
In the meantime, it become mandatory for people to see In the Name of the People in China. This is actually the case in some cities, where Party cadres are require to watch the show and review the show in not less than 1500 words.
Maybe others are watching it in the hopes of learning to win in political power battles. The entire nation seems to be watching the show in order to keep abreast. On current issues of national significance on both the internet and offline.
However, the public discussion on the incident is gear towards the direction. That is most favorable to the government which is positive. On Zhihu the Quora-like Chinese website that has around 20 million registered users out of 169 responses. To the question how to comment the Name of the People 145 of the answers taken down. Many were down due to having politically sensitive according to the website.
The show is unique for China because it addresses the sensitive issue of corruption within the official system. However, what and how much information is divulged on the show is control by viewers interest and the marketplace.
The show’s name is in line with the official slogan of the party serving the people. This is not surprising, as it is a long-running cliche in the media’s narratives. Which told by the media that you must serve the party.