The West can learn much from China but it needs to learn it fast if it doesn’t want to be surpassed culturally and economically.

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Ramsha Afridi is a writer and a journalist based in the UK, she has written for publications such as the Telegraph and the Daily Express amongst others. Follow her on Twitter @ramshaofficial

Ramsha Afridi is a writer and a journalist based in the UK, she has written for publications such as the Telegraph and the Daily Express amongst others. Follow her on Twitter @ramshaofficial

Even one of China’s fiercest critics, Tucker Carlson, acknowledged that there might be something to learn from Beijing. He recently stated: “You gotta wonder how many hours we spend on the show attacking the Communist party of China on this show – a lot. It’s a totalitarian government. Our leaders admire it and that oughta always make you very nervous, that’s been our position, still is our position and always will be.”

The populist commentator added “Then we want to be as honest as possible about the things we see, so when the Chinese government does something virtuous, (doesn’t happen much), we’re willing to say so.” Carlson went on to praise China’s decision to limit the number of hours children can play video games.

Beijing’s recent crackdowns in this area and around other social issues, along with its economic might, have caught the world’s eye and maybe the West could benefit from listening to a bit of East Asian thought?

Consider how China is condemning vapid, mainstream celebrity culture. During an entertainment industry symposium, Chinese authorities reportedly informed public figures that they must “consciously abandon vulgar and kitsch inferior tastes and consciously oppose the decadent ideas of money worship, hedonism, and extreme individualism.”

Through its watchdog Beijing will impose personal morality, family virtues and social ethics. Is this necessarily a bad thing? Celebrities, though some can have a positive impact, can also have a massively negative impact on society at large thanks to the power they have through the arts, music, television and cinema. 

What happens in the most influential institutions, such as the entertainment industry, often spreads throughout society. Ideas and beliefs institutionalized by mainstream public figures and celebrities can quickly materialize in the real world.

For example, in the West, we’ve seen it with the popularity of the woke movement, radical feminism and other ideological trends often embraced and promoted by popular figures to their followers.

Some people admire celebrities from afar. However, a large number idolize their favourite public figures, often dedicating a significant amount of their time to worshiping them;. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.

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