Seminar: Fight against vulgarity needs action by all of society

13:32, August 05, 2010      

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Media experts and professionals pondered the direction of contemporary Internet culture at a seminar with the theme, "Resisting Vulgarity and Enhancing the Cultural Quality of New Media," which was jointly held by People's Daily and People's Daily Online.

At the seminar, dozens of experts, Web site moderators and netizens discussed various ways to improve and strengthen the government management and self-management of Web sites as well as the self-discipline of netizens along with public and press supervision.

They also discussed various methods to establish a mechanism of resisting vulgar content online. Peng Bo, director of Internet Information Coordination Bureau under the State Council Information Office, also attended the seminar.

Liao Hong, chairman and CEO of People's Daily Online, said that the key to anti-vulgarity campaigns online lies in online communities and online interactive products. Netizens and Internet culture should improve the sensitivity and judgment of vulgar content. Newly-emerged key Web sites should take the lead in putting social benefit first.

Xiong Chengyu from Tsinghua University suggested that the purification of the Internet environment should shift from the "management" phase to the "supervision" phase and a mechanism, in which the government, enterprises, users and parents can all participate, should be established.

Zhao Tian, deputy editor of Sina, said that we should not ignore the self-purification of the Internet and have faith in the ability of the 1980s and 1990s generations to think independently.

Cheng Binghao, president of Kaixin emphasized that we should focus more on establishing an effective long-term mechanism rather than a campaign-style remediation.

"No matter what kind of style Internet culture is, it cannot challenge the bottom line of social public morality or destroy the environment where teenagers grow up," Peng said. "The anti-vulgarity campaign needs the participation of the entire society."

By People's Daily Online


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