In “High Tech, Low Life,” director Stephen Maing has three subjects. Two are Chinese citizen journalists who use their blogs to expose corruption and scandal. The third is the vast nation they live in and want to see reformed.
Zhu Shuguang, 26, goes by the name of Zola. Was the choice inspired by that other Zola, Emile, who wrote the most famous two-word sentence in journalism history, “I accuse”? Presumably, since Zola is an investigative blogger. He makes his living as a produce vendor in a small town in Hunan province. But he’s making his name by posting online stories about corruption. “I just record what I witness,” he says. There’s a lot to witness.