Who is Shaping China's Public Opinion?

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  1. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

    Apr 17, 2009
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    Notwithstanding what is claimed, the Chinese don't have the internet access as is claimed since the CCP has realised the converse impact of social media networks, which in effect, could undermine the legitimacy of the Party and the government. In fact, the CCP has opined that the government should “apply the law to sternly punish the dissemination of harmful information.”

    That the internet has altered public opinion even the People’s Daily has acknowledged. The newer forms of media have altered public opinion, rebuilt public life, and most significantly provided every member of society, an opportunity to express and speak aloud. Now, that is dangerous for the CCP as it poses a question of whether the Internet can accurately gauge public opinion. It nonetheless reflects Beijing’s apprehension that political oppression could at some point activate a chain of events that could put the future of the CCP in jeopardy and so the remedial action of a restrictive access to the Internet was but essential.

    This part of the article is interesting:

    It is widely known that a large chunk of the Chinese print media is state-controlled and state-run. Wang Yukai at the Chinese Academy of Governance, points out a difference between today’s Internet era and the past, in that, the government could easily shape public opinion through mainstream media in the past. However, with more voices having emerged in the era of Internet, the situation has changed remarkably. Moreover, the speed with which information is spread on micro blogs is far more rapid and diversified. Drawing a comparison between ‘traditional media’ and the Internet, Yu Guoming at the School of Journalism and Communication, Renmin University, asserts that ‘traditional media’ was a means of one person communicating with many, but the Internet is a many-to-many communication platform, providing an equal chance to many individuals to express their opinions.

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