#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 4th, 2013 14:20
#2 By: m1ck3y, November 4th, 2013 14:31
The picture is real—it's from the Atlantic Magazine article China's Toxic City. This particular photo eerily looks like a screencap from Blade Runner.
#3 By: Cory Doctorow, November 4th, 2013 14:52
#4 By: Eric, November 4th, 2013 15:04
Definitely real - that billboard (located in Tiannamen square) is unbelievably bright in person.
#5 By: Mujokan, November 4th, 2013 15:05
The video screen is like the sun,
Wherever it shines, it is bright.
Wherever the video screen is,
Hurrah, there the people are liberated!
#6 By: Frank Ozaki, November 4th, 2013 15:08
good gravy -- is that a DAYTIME shot, or evening, or night, or what??
#7 By: Jason Andresen, November 4th, 2013 15:21
Probably early-mid morning. Remember the "og" part of smog is from fog.
#8 By: IMB, November 4th, 2013 15:26
#9 By: Chris_Muir, November 4th, 2013 15:48
#10 By: wil9000, November 4th, 2013 16:11
This is what happens when the only thing that matters is productivity. Welcome to your Libertarian, free from all "strangling regulation" utopia.
#11 By: Kip T W, November 4th, 2013 16:17
A souvenir book we bought in Hefei looked odd. I finally figured out that the blue sky had been 'shopped in — vertical lines of smog still clung to building edges.
#12 By: Jake Wilcox, November 4th, 2013 16:51
Garth, that was a haiku.
EdYeah I know not really.
#13 By: Jonathan Roberts, November 4th, 2013 16:57
I bought a series of postcards in Shanghai about 15 years ago, and they had done the same thing. One of the 'tells' was that they used the same sky for most of the pictures. They seem to have had more (smaller) giant video screens around back then, but they mostly just showed war movies and other patriotic films.
#14 By: miasm, November 4th, 2013 17:00
The OG part of smog is indubitably tha' chronic.
#15 By: Jonathan Roberts, November 4th, 2013 17:02
Thank jeebus there aren't any flying cars to worry about.
#16 By: Geth, November 4th, 2013 18:55
Horrible. How do the residents stand it?
#17 By: Drew_Gehringer, November 4th, 2013 19:02
well considering how badly their government tends to react to open criticism...
#18 By: James Errington, November 4th, 2013 20:37
#19 By: Greg Murphy, November 5th, 2013 02:49
Unfortunately, you get used to it. After three years in Seoul, I flew to Maine, where the sky is obviously photoshopped.
#20 By: ordinal, November 5th, 2013 08:45
At least this one is of blue skies. All the giant illuminated billboards in dreary grey London are just trying to sell you Jimmy Choos or Call Of Duty.
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