Think your cell phone provider is annoying?
Imagine if you lived in China, where the government "sends text messages with inspirational Maoist quotes" to cell phone users, according to a story in last weekend's Wall Street Journal.
Actually, it might be nice to receive this Maoist quote first thing in the morning:
"In general, any form of exercise, if pursued continuously, will help train us in perseverance. Long-distance running is particularly good training in perseverance."
It might help get you out of bed. But would you have to write back, "Thx Mao"?
It would be a little strange to receive this Maoist saying:
"People of the world, unite and defeat the U.S. aggressors and all their running dogs! People of the world, be courageous, dare to fight, defy difficulties and advance wave upon wave. Then the whole world will belong to the people. Monsters of all kinds shall be destroyed."
Of course, that would have to be boiled down to 140 or so characters to make it small enough for one text message. In that case, you could even turn it into a tweet. Here goes:
"People, unite, defeat U.S. & their running dogs. Be courageous. Dare to fight. Defy difficulties. Please RT."
(Maoist quotes come from Mao's Little Red Book.)