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Title: Implied truth, complementary media practices, and successful atomized activism in China
Authors: Xi, Y.
Ng, A. 
Keywords: Atomized activism
implied truth
mass media
resource mobilization
social media
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Citation: Xi, Y., Ng, A. (2020). Implied truth, complementary media practices, and successful atomized activism in China. Global Media and China 5 (3) : 275-293. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Abstract: While much research stereotypes mass media in authoritarian contexts as mouthpieces of the ruling party, we argue that successful social media–driven activism also requires the support of mass media, even in authoritarian contexts. To investigate the roles of social media and mass media on collective mobilization, we analyzed a case in Guangzhou, China, and conducted in-depth interviews to conceptualize the interconnected relationship between social media and mass media from the perspective of resource mobilization. Findings reveal that social media facilitated the mobilization of participants by providing less fungible and timely resources at the initial stages of collective action. However, it is the more fungible and enduring resources provided by the mass media that sustain the intensity of external pressures to the government. The complementarity between social and mass media in atomized collective action in China is in essence the configuration between exclusive and monopolized resources mediated by a middle-ground discursive mode—“implied truth.”. © The Author(s) 2020.
Source Title: Global Media and China
ISSN: 2059-4372
DOI: 10.1177/2059436420907185
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
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