What The Atlantic Looks Like From the People's Republic of China

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By way of our Corby Kummer, currently in Beijing, an Atlantic article page as seen in China, showing gray boxes where we have Twitter-follow and Facebook-recommend buttons:

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(Note that the Google+ icon abides.)

What's up with that? In China, of course, lots of websites -- Twitter and Facebook among them -- are almost always blocked by the Great Firewall. That is, they're usually blocked, not consistently blocked, James Fallows tells us, because unpredictability is part of the Chinese system's strength. Since our Twitter and Facebook buttons load via an iframe (i.e., by our page making a call directly to Twitter and Facebook), China's Great Firewall blanks out the buttons, though, thankfully, not the rest of our site.

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He has written for The Washington MonthlyThe American ProspectThe Moscow Times, The Chronicle Herald, and The European Journal of Political Theory. Gould was previously an editor at the Journal of Democracy, co-published by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the National Endowment for Democracy, and a lecturer in history and politics at Yale University. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company's New York-based Knowledge Group on global public- and social-sector development and on the economics of carbon-emissions reduction. Gould has a B.A. in history from McGill University in Montreal, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in politics from Yale. He is from Nova Scotia.

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