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The shortest blog post in the world
Mr Han Han is China's most popular blogger, possibly the most popular blogger in the world. Each of his posts has hits in the hundreds of thousands, and comments are counted in the thousands, re-share to other blogs or social medias, and bookmarked in hundreds. According to the stats on sina.com.cn, there are 424 million hits on 9th October, 2010.
Mr Hanhan is a professional rally driver, best-selling author, singer, but It is his blog that has propelled him to celebrity status in China and earned him as one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people of 2009. He's been regarded as mouthpiece for the "post-80's generation", Chinese youth who have grown up during the country's economic boom and are often characterized as apolitical and consumer-obsessed.
But Mr Han’s most vexing challenge comes from the unseen censors who delete blog posts they deem objectionable to the Party policy.
Mr Han Han is a prolific writer who seems not an busy, lazy, and impatient blogger, his posts are normally long, instead of bite-size or even bit-size piece. But many excellent posts are deleted, it's contents are replaced with only ellipsis, or just nothing except a title.
On the day 8th October, 2010, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded “the Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 to Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China”. This news is almost on every front page of newspapers of the world, but there is literally no mention of it in Chinese media. Access to news segments broadcast on CNN and BBC International, normally available, have been blocked by government censors; China’s Web censors have deleted anything on the forums, message boards, blogs or miniblogs which mentions Mr Liu's name or Nobel Peace Prize. Some talks cryptically, and euphemistically, for example instead of saying Nobel, "the inventor of dynamite" is used when they have to say Nobel peace prize.
As a famous blogger , Mr Han Han has been obliged to write something on this breaking news, regardless of an hournor or insult that this Nobel Peace Prize has brought to Chinese people, but we will never know if Mr Han Han has written anything at all except for a pair of quotation marks in the post titled by the publishing date 8th or 9th, Oct, 2010, under the categorize "Casual talk" or "essays". But unbelievably, within 24 hours, there has already been read by 118280, 4298 comments, re-shared by 237, and bookmarked by 51. These comments all seem to be made by the spectators of "the Emperor's New Clothes", most of them UNDERSTAND and AGREE Mr Han Han's view expressed in his post, and that's the most great point Mr Han Han has ever made.
The ancient Taoist Zhuang Zi says "one who knows doesn't speak and one who speaks doesn't know, a sage teaches without words." or another saying, "silence is more expressive than all words ever spoken."
Does Mr Han Han know the true meaning of these teaching, or he has been forced to reduce his post to only a pair of quotation marks, we will never know, but one thing for sure, his shortest blogger post is fully deserve a Guinness World Record.