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5th cnbloggercon: micro power and a broader world  

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The5th Chinese blogger conference: micro power and a broader world

Thursday, November 12th, 2009 @ 03:27 UTC

by Oiwan Lam

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La 5ème conférence des blogueurs chinois: micro-pouvoir dans un monde plus vaste

The 5th Chineseblogger conference took place last weekend in a rural county Lianzhou innorthern part of Guangdong province. Despite the inconvenient traffic, therewere around 150 participants from China and overseas attended the conference.

The conference slogan this year is “Micro power and aboarder world”, theorganizing committee explained:


This year the slogan of the annualconference is “Micro power and a broader world”. We want to look into varioustools and channels of micro information sharing and its implication towardssocial progress, cooperation and people's life. No matter whether it is a meme,a photo or a postcard, they have the potential in changing our society. Not tomention the fact that the space generated by the tools opens up millions ofpossibilities open up our horizon.

Hu Yong, the keynote speaker of this year's conference, further elaborated the ideaof “micro power” in his talk:


Every single person has to bear one'sresponsibility and such sense of responsibility is micro power. The meaning ofmicro refers to every single Chinese citizen, I have called them “big people”in the previous section. The meaning of power refers to action that bringschange to the world.


The word micro can also refer to dailymicro politics. We have macro and micro politics. Macro is structural whilemicro is daily politics. Hungarian writer Gyorgy Konrad wrote a book titled as“Antipolitics” in 1982. The book has many ideas that elaborated by others.Ideas such as “politics of anti-politics”, “power of the powerless”,“originality of citizen” are Václav Havel's favorite terms. When the power ofauthoritarianism is omnipresent, its termination has to come from therealization of people's autonomy and initiation in daily life. When theauthoritarian system invades people's living domain, people's daily act canalso resist against such control. Cui Weiping, the Chinese translator of VaclavHavel's writings, pointed out that “the politics of antipolitics” is not tostruggle for political power, it is not to produce a set of agenda to replaceanother set of agenda, and it does not attempt to solve the problem viapolitical means (replacing leaders or power bloc). On the other hand,“antipolitics” operates in the level of daily life. In other words, theself-governance of an individual. That's why, when we address the issue of thedevelopment of Internet public sphere, we have to emphasize the “originality ofcitizen”. Every individual can take initiation where ever they want. This ishow I understand micro power.


Why micro power is so important? In thepast, whenever a few action oriented people acted with the passive masses, theresults were depressing. The passionate activists could not understand why themasses did not show enough concern and enthusiasm while the masses could notunderstand why the fanatic activists could not just shut up. Today, activistsshould facilitate action and allow people who are not deeply involved incampaign and movement to participate. Their acts will be very powerful oncethey are aggregated together. For example, a piece of postcard can turn into apowerful scream when hundreds and thousands of them are mailed to the samedestination.

Blogger Guangyao, reflected upon Hu Yong's talk and pointed out that the preconditionto the practice of micro power is the ability to think independently:

然而微动力之前必需是独立思考,因为在这个社会哺育了畸形的价值观。在这个国家对成功的普遍定义是你是否成为一个能比别人赚更多钱的财主,这个社会不断容 忍对于社会良知和道德的底线,当然最畸形的是太多人对于独立思考的不自知。这个国家无疑比60年前有更大物质自由又更高的学历,然而这个国家在60年前后一样没有独立思考精神。50年或者100年的未来赋予了今天重要的社会及历史的责任,作为每个具体的个体,应当以微动力之势前行。用艾未未的一句话,每个人承担责任,可能是这个社会将来变化的一个最基本的可能。如果没有这种可能,这个社会不会发生变化。

It requires independent thinking forrealizing micro power. This society has distorted our value. In this country,the definition of being success is to get as much money as possible and becomewealthy. As a result, the society has kept lowering its baseline of socialconscience and morality. Too many people are unaware of the need to thinkindependently. Of course, our material well being and education are much betterwhen compared to 60 years ago, but our ability to think independently remainsmore or less the same. Hence, our responsibility to our society and history inthe future 50 or 100 years is to act as an individual and create a trend bypracticing our micro power. Here I would like to quote Ai Weiwei's words: “Thepossibility for this world to change relies on every individual's commitment toundertake their responsibility, or else the world will never be changed.”

Media studies student from Let's blog together interviewed IsaacMao during the Asia blogfest and associated the concept ofmicro power with “cloud intelligence”:

微动力,广天地体现的思想,与毛向辉的“Cloud Intelligence”理论一脉相承。
在网络时代,人们有更多的机会随时随地分享。当人们在不断分享自己、分享自己认同的别人的观点时,慢慢地形成了一种现象,毛向辉称之为“Cloud Intelligence”

The idea of “Micro power and a boarderworld” is similar to Isaac Mao's theory.
In the Internet era, people have more opportunities to share whenever theywant. “Cloud Intelligence” happens when people continuously share their ideasand opinions that they agree with.


When a person shares an idea with others,other people will pick that up and continue to forward that idea to others, soon and so forth. Such kind of continuous sharing would eventually realize thewill of these people. The process is like water drops coming together to formcloud. Isaac Mao compares individual to a drop of water and when individualkeeps sharing the ideas that they agree with, these people would come togetherand turn into a power that can change government policy and social order.


In June this year, netizen Guo Baofeng wasdetained by Fuzhou police because he spread information regarding YanXiaoling's unnatural death. Other netizens took action by sending postcards tothe detention center where Guo Baofeng was held. Each postcard was marked witha sentence: “mother is calling you home for dinner”. These postcards were sentfrom all across the country and eventually Guo was released.

小小的明信片能把人从看守所解救出来,体现了微动力所创造的天地,这就是“Cloud Intelligence”的力量。

A piece of postcard has eventually led tothe release of Guo from the detention center. It is an example of “micro-power”creating a new “world”. It also manifests the power of “cloud intelligence”.

Blogger Kissfree spelled out explicitly that “micro power”is to call upon citizen's awareness:


We don't need swords and guns to transformour society. We should not under estimate micro power. The essence of micropower is to call upon citizen's awareness so that they would take up theirresponsibility and fill up their lives with meaning. Through aggregation ofpeople's will, micro power can bring progress to the society. Although there isa lot of obstacles for the development of civil society in China, when people'swill is pointing towards the same direction, neither the power bloc norpowerful individuals could stop the momentum. On the contrary, they have tofollow the trend and join us. Micro power is people's power!


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