[Editor’s Note: The piece was written by Yang Wang, who is currently the brand and media director at Chemical Industry Press. He has published and translated seven books, and several of his works have been translated and published in areas such as Taiwan and South Korea. Yang has also contributed pieces and columns to The Beijing News and other major media outlets.  In regard to technology, he is mainly interested in the changing face of media as well as the business side of the industry.Originally from Beijing, Yang moved to California with his family before coming back to his native city after receiving a degree in Communication from the University of California, San Diego. ]

Whether the wording is “developing” or the more recent “emerging”, if they are used in describing a country, the image it conveys is usually backwardness. However, while in the short run a “developing” country is behind a “developed” country, in the long run such a condition may actually be beneficial.

As fans of the Sid Meier’s Civilization series will attest, being backward will allow you to skip certain stages of development. In Africa, mobile phone allows people to enjoy telephone services even though they have inadequate infrastructure for landlines. Such is also the case in China, where Internet has become the go-to destination for niche interests for media consumption.

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