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Spotted on China’s Web: Who Really Changed America, Obama or the Smartphone?

On Sina Weibo, China’s major Twitter-like platform, a user with the handle “this is America” (@这里是美国) shared the below image on January 23, two days after U.S. President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. The accompanying caption reads: “Who really changed America?”

Obama’s second inaugural did not capture the same amount of attention on China’s social media that the Democratic convention or November 6 general election garnered. Nonetheless, over 2,000 users commented on the below image. Perhaps surprisingly, among those comments sampled, Blackberry received about the same number of mentions as Apple, Steve Jobs, or the iPhone. According to Reuters, Apple ranks only sixth in smartphone sales in China.

(via Weibo)

 

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David Wertime

David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.