Inside the Dystopian Reality of China’s Livestreaming Craze

Filmmaker Hao Wu discusses the issues brought to light by his documentary ‘People’s Republic of Desire’ (trailer). This seems like an absolutely inescapable hellscape of a career.

Livestreamers are characters 24/7. Even when they’re not doing their shows, they’re online, communicating with their fans, maintaining relationships with their patrons. In the end, those who watch them come to doubt how much of what they see is real and how much of it is acting. I think that livestreamers believe they’re real. At any particular moment, they believe they’re being authentic.


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