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Blogging alone: China, the internet, and the democratic illusion?

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posted on 2020-12-09, 03:37 authored by James LeiboldJames Leibold
Drawing on recent survey data, digital ethnography and comparative analysis, this article presents a critical re-appraisal of the interactive blogosphere in China and its effects on Chinese social and political life. Focused on the discursive and behaviorist trends of Chinese netizens rather than the ubiquitous information control/resistance paradigm, it argues that the Sinophone blogosphere is producing the same shallow infotainment, pernicious misinformation, and interest-based ghettos that it creates elsewhere in the world, and these more prosaic elements need to be considered alongside the Chinese internet's potential for creating new forms of civic activism and socio-political change. © The Association for Asian Studies, Inc. 2011.

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Publication Date

2011-11-01

Journal

Journal of Asian Studies

Volume

70

Issue

4

Pagination

(p. 1023-1041)

Publisher

CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS

ISSN

0021-9118

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