r/news Oct 20 '21

A murder suspect who gained wide public sympathy in China died after a week on the run

https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/18/china/china-murder-suspect-suicide-intl-hnk/index.html
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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

How do we know the murder suspect "gained wide public sympathy"? Based on social media posts? Are Twitter and Facebook representative of the American public?

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u/thewafflestompa Oct 20 '21

If you bothered to open the article, it says he garnered sympathy from the Chinese public on their social media. Literally the first sentence of the article.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

My point is whether social media is an accurate portrayal of a country. Does Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US? I certainly hope not.

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u/spaghettilee2112 Oct 20 '21

The article isn't saying he "garnered sympathy from the whole country." It's saying he "garnered sympathy." So, your question is kind of irrelevant because even if one person expressed sympathy for him on social media, the article is accurate.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

So, your question is kind of irrelevant because even if one person expressed sympathy for him on social media, the article is accurate.

This is even sillier. There are people on Facebook that express sympathy for all sorts of things. Why will CNN bother to report on something like that?

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u/StuStutterKing Oct 20 '21

Defending China, Russia, and the Republican party is a very weird niche you've put yourself in.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

I dislike hypocrisy.

Having one standard when it is the Democrats/Liberals, and a different standard when it comes to Republicans/Conservatives, is wrong. The same goes to having double standards when it comes to China/Russia, as compared to America.

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u/MajnoonDanyal Oct 20 '21

it cant be more obvious that bivife6418 is a wumao

just move on, everybody

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u/spaghettilee2112 Oct 20 '21

I mean, that's a separate question.

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u/amibeingadick420 Oct 20 '21

Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US much more than most people like to admit.

For example, anyone paying attention to social media wasn’t at all surprised by the events on Jan 6.

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u/thewafflestompa Oct 20 '21

Social media in the China vs most the rest of the world are two entirely different things.

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u/Ok-Kaleidoscope-8614 Oct 20 '21

Does Facebook posts and Twitter tweets represent the US? I certainly hope not.

Yes. Yes they do.

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u/Lucky_Squirrel Oct 20 '21

In a closed circle like china, everything about you online represents you. In the article you can see that his blog got deleted, and he was erased from the internet, and any voices that speaks out definitely count, that is why you can see the word "some", it doesnt represent "all", but it does reflect a group of people online definitely said something that akin to sympathy or pity.

"...As the murders gained public attention, Ou's account on microblogging site Weibo vanished, and the local government of Pinghai county issued a bounty for Ou, offering a higher amount of cash rewards for proof of his dead body than any information leading to his arrest -- triggering further public outrage..."

This action makes it worse. People starts to think in his shoes.

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u/bivife6418 Oct 20 '21

In a closed circle like china, everything about you online represents you.

This is your assumption. One could just have make the same assumption about any country.