Changing Media, Changing China (Google eBook)

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Susan L. Shirk
Oxford University Press, USA, Nov 12, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are still unfolding as the Chinese government, media, and public adapt to the new information environment. Edited by Susan Shirk, one of America's leading experts on contemporary China, this collection of essays brings together a who's who of experts--Chinese and American--writing about all aspects of the changing media landscape in China. In detailed case studies, the authors describe how the media is reshaping itself from a propaganda mouthpiece into an agent of watchdog journalism, how politicians are reacting to increased scrutiny from the media, and how television, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based news sites navigate the cross-currents between the open marketplace and the CCP censors. China has over 360 million Internet users, more than any other country, and an astounding 162 million bloggers. The growth of Internet access has dramatically increased the information available, the variety and timeliness of the news, and its national and international reach. But China is still far from having a free press. As of 2008, the international NGO Freedom House ranked China 181 worst out of 195 countries in terms of press restrictions, and Chinese journalists have been aptly described as "dancing in shackles." The recent controversy over China's censorship of Google highlights the CCP's deep ambivalence toward information freedom. Covering everything from the rise of business media and online public opinion polling to environmental journalism and the effect of media on foreign policy, Changing Media, Changing China reveals how the most populous nation on the planet is reacting to demands for real news.
  

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Contents

1 Changing Media Changing China
1
The Impact of Media Commercialization Professionalism and the Internet in an Era of Transition
38
3 The Rise of the Business Media in China
77
Chinese Television Today
91
5 Environmental Journalism in China
115
The Development of Chinese Military Journalism and the Emerging Defense Media Market
128
7 Changing Media Changing Courts
150
8 What Kind of Information Does the Public Demand? Getting the News during the 2005 AntiJapanese Protests
175
9 The Rise of Online Public Opinion and Its Political Impact
202
10 Changing Media Changing Foreign Policy
225
Acknowledgments
253
Contributors
255
Index
259
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Susan L. Shirk is Director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Professor at University of California, San Diego. A leading authority on China, she has written numerous books and articles on the subject, including China: Fragile Superpower and pieces that have appeared in the Washington Post, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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