This is a collection of seven essays on media and society in China translated from the leading Chinese-language journal
Open Times. Authored mostly by scholars based in China, this volume offers a panoramic view on contemporary Chinese thoughts regarding media industries in a rapidly transforming society, especially the central role played by digital media such as Internet and smart phone. The book consists of three parts: (a) socialist media, transformed; (b) critical events and public interests; and (c) Internet, grassroots and social movements. Together they reflect a wide range of views – left, right, and center – on the past, present, and future of media reform and social transformation in China today.
Jack Linchuan Qiu, Ph.D. (2004) University of Southern California, is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Studying media and society in China, Qiu’s recent work includes
Goodbye iSlave (U of Illinois Press, 2016).
Series Foreword Acknowledgements List of Contributors
Introduction Jack Linchuan Qiu
Part 1: Socialist Media, Transformed
Re-establish Socialist Cultural Leadership in the Networked Era? State, Intellectuals, and Working-Class Political Communication Zhao Yuezhi and Wu Changchang
State Division, Control Networks and the Opportunity Structure for the Coverage of Contentious Issues Xia Qianfang and Yuan Guangfeng
Part 2: Critical Events & Public Interest
The Wu Ying Case and the Partisan Nature of Chinese Intellectuals on Microblogs Wang Weijia and Yang Lijuan
News Commentary as a Form of Interest Articulation: A Sociology of Communication Perspective Xu Guiquan and Ren Mengshan
Part 3: Internet, Grassroots & Social Movement
A World of Black and White: Internet Practices in an Urban Village—Distribution of Social Resources and Ecology of Communication in a Grassroots Society Ding Wei
Ernai Ah Zhen: A Story About the Construction of Subjectivity in the Virtual World Liu Ya
The Virtual Organization of Social Movement Entrepreneurs: The Internet and New Forms of Protest in Contemporary Chinese Society Zeng Fanxu, Vincent Guangsheng Huang and Liu Li ming
Those interested in contemporary China and its media industries, including new digital media and traditional media, in terms of politics, cultural, and social movements.