To argue that one case led to the abolishment of either system is as simplistic as it is to argue that online activism is capable of having influence without corresponding offline activities. While most online activity is unsuccessful at achieving results like those just described, the importance is arguably not merely in the specific cases or their consequent effects but in the way Chinese civil society has engaged online to investigate or pressure government behavior in a system without rule of law.
A must-read article on how China’s society is changing, and why the central government (rightfully) fears it enough to try to stop it. Likely a bit too late.
As David Bowie put it: “C-c-c-changes…”