So what's really wound up China's leading lady of "spunk rock"? It's the press and their coverage of the festival.
In her post, "I don't want to talk about Zhangbei", she writes of how, in the week leading up to the InMusic Festival, the media and public opinion had been whipped up into a frenzy about the event and what it meant for Zhangbei, a poor town in a remote part of the country, and its government. There was a lot of attention in the press in the run up to the festival talking about what a momentous occasion this was for a town that had only received press coverage in the past when it was struck by a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in 1998. Some of this hyperbole came from the organisers, naturally trying to promote their festival, some of it came from the local government - essentially saying "look, we may be just a poor backwater town but look at the great music festival we're putting on." It's hardly surprising that the local government and the organisers wanted to attract more people to their event, but Kang's real fire is trained on the reporters who regurgitated these lines, compared the festival to a certain American one that took place 40 years ago this summer and contributed to "a media and public opinion frenzy with discussion groups on the topic growing and growing."
Kang writes of the press that, after their scrutiny in the days running up to the festival and their increasingly ludicrous comparisons and questions, she had in her head a vivid message:
"'the media destroys China' or 'the media destroys culture'. One could go further too, to say that 'those writing the news are destroying the true nature and value of rock music'. So much crap was written, such blind nonsense. I know some really great writers, but unfortunately they are in a tiny minority."