Category Archives: Media and Journalism

School Buses and Political Consciousness

One of the regularly offered predictions in the debate over the political future of China is the idea that as incomes, freedom, and access to information increase, movement toward liberal-democratic government becomes inevitable. The way a story about a deadly … Continue reading

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A Crisis of Trust

I’ve written before about the way a competing claims from government, media, and individuals creates a reality where truth is slippery and misinformation hard to root out, but the theme has come back in recent weeks with examples of how … Continue reading

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The Banyan Tree: China Writes Fiction

In China, like anywhere else, young people often stare or poke at their cell phones. A little different is that what they’re looking at is quite likely fiction—short, written for cell phone, internet-downloaded fiction. What’s awesome about this is not … Continue reading

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Desensitized to Violence

This is the front page of today’s English China Daily, and it stands as a reminder that there are some things which get censored in the United States that don’t in China. American journalism’s censorship is self-imposed, and there are … Continue reading

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Commemorating an Anniversary

Yesterday, June 4th, was the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. Of course, Chinese media was silent (foreign media was too, for that matter). Instead, the country was busy with a different kind of patriotism, not the democracy and … Continue reading

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Harmonized

One of the Chinese government’s favorite buzzwords is ‘harmonious society.’ It’s Hu Jintao’s signature, and undoubtedly deserves a nod of approval from policy linguists for it’s succinct and pleasing synthesis of cooperation and ‘don’t rock the boat’. The term, however, … Continue reading

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The Chinese call it ChaoZuo 炒作

Barred from the luxury of sating appetites for controversy and sex through political coverage, the Chinese media has found safe, and fertile, ground in absurd, disgusting and, more often than not, lascivious human interest stories. Combine an ongoing cultural transformation … Continue reading

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