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Title: The Power of Social Media in China: the Government, Websites and Netizens on Weibo
Authors: WANG TONG
Keywords: Microblogging/Weibo, government involvement, netizen participation,
Issue Date: 2-Aug-2012
Citation: WANG TONG (2012-08-02). The Power of Social Media in China: the Government, Websites and Netizens on Weibo. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The thesis assesses the impact of Weibo, China?s microblogging, the most popular social media featuring real-time information sharing service, on the way state-society relates to each other in China. To explore whether the public opinion on Weibo promote China?s political/social change, I shall study several cases when netizens use public opinions as a means to pursue a civic agenda by eliciting a government response via Weibo. In other words, I mainly focus on the questions that why some demands raised from Weibo succeed, while others fail? Under what conditions and to what extent, the public demands can be fulfilled though Weibo's dissemination? I shall analyze the ways that major forces on Weibo interact with each other. Based on existing theoretical literature, especially the theories of state-centered school and society-centered school on China?s Internet, I propose my theoretical framework??The Interactive Mechanism of the Government-website-netizen on Weibo to further explain the sophisticated relations of all parties reflected by China?s social media.
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