Chinese Internet Events
Jiang, Min. Chinese Internet events. In Ashley Esarey, Randy Kluver (Eds.), The Internet in China: Cultural, political, and social dimensions (1980-2000s). Great Barrington, MA.: Berkshire Publishing (Forthcoming)
16 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2010 Last revised: 1 Aug 2015
Date Written: August 8, 2010
Internet events refer to public events where large numbers of citizens participate in often unorganized, autonomous online efforts to express their sentiments and opinions, address collective needs, or influence public opinion and policy. In an authoritarian country of 420 million Internet users and 200 million bloggers, Internet events occur often and have the potential to rally public opinion, pressure government, and reshape China’s public life. The article outlines the major actors (who), issues (what), causes (why), places (where), and mobilization (how) of Chinese Internet events.
Keywords: Chinese Internet, events, politics, activism, public opinion, participation
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