Chinese social media, “publicness” and one-party rule

Authored by: Gloria Davies

Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  November  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138026001
eBook ISBN: 9781315774626
Adobe ISBN: 9781317684985

10.4324/9781315774626.ch14

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Abstract

How should we understand the changes brought to China by digital technology and online communications? In what ways does the spectacle of Chinese “netizens” speaking back to “the Party” on social media distract us from seeing the Party’s increasing mastery and command of the mainland cybersphere? Can public culture flourish under one-party rule? These are questions that have and continue to frame a significant debate in the media and scholarship (e.g., Davies 2012; Sullivan 2014; Xiao 2011; Yang 2013).

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