WeChat Now So Powerful It Can Turn the World Around

Above left; the NASA inspired WeChat splash screen. Right; Feng Yun-4A’s China imaging.

It’s one of the first bits of Chinese almost every foreigner learns; that “Zhong Guo” means “central country”.

Now, users of the ubiquitous WeChat social media tool are being reminded of this “fact” every time they start up the APP.

In the last 24 hours, the iconic WeChat splash screen featuring a human overlaid on a famous photo of the Earth taken back in 1972 by NASA has been replaced by a newly captured Chinese image, one that conveniently places China in the centre.

While there are less than subtle political overtones, the reality is a little more practical. China has not been able to take such a photo before now. The new image is one of the first from the Feng Yun-4A weather satellite, which, after a launch late last year, has been undergoing months of testing.

Feng Yun-4A lies in a geosynchronous orbit at 104.7° E, with an altitude of 35 thousand kilometres, the kind height necessary to frame the entire world in one photo.

It all leaves us wondering might might be next for the WeChat splash screen; a black ponytail perhaps?

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Frank Hossack
Editor-in-chief and Music Critic, Frank Hossack, has been a radio host and producer for the past 34 years, the past 25 of which working in media in China, in the process winning four New York Festivals awards for his work, in the categories Best Top 40 Format, Best Editing, Best Director and Best Culture & The Arts. 贺福是我们杂志的编辑和音乐评论员,在过去的34年里一直从事电台主持和电台制片的工作。在中国有近25年的媒体工作经验。工作期间他曾经四次获得过纽约传媒艺术节大奖,分别是世界前40强节目奖,最佳编辑奖,最佳导演奖以及最佳文化艺术奖。

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