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Moving beyond democratization: a thought piece on the China internet research agenda

Meng, Bingchun (2010) Moving beyond democratization: a thought piece on the China internet research agenda. International Journal of Communication, 4 . pp. 501-508. ISSN 1932-8036

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Abstract

In this short essay, I will first discuss some major limitations of examining the Internet’s place in China from the democratization perspective. I then introduce the concept of mediation as an alternative conception of China Internet studies. Here, I draw upon Silverstone’s elaboration that “mediation is a fundamentally dialectical notion which requires us to address the processes of communication as both institutionally and technologically driven and embedded” (2005, p. 189). I am not necessarily arguing for one approach to replace the other, but, rather, trying to expand the scope of our scholarly inquiry.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://ijoc.org/ojs/index.php/ijoc
Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: T Technology > T Technology (General)
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
Sets: Departments > Media and Communications
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 12 May 2010 10:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27904/

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