The turn to the self : from "Big Character Posters" to YouTube videos

Li, Henry Siling (2009) The turn to the self : from "Big Character Posters" to YouTube videos. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2(1), pp. 50-60.

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This paper explores the process by which user-created content in contemporary China has evolved from being appropriated as a weapon of political mobilization and accusation to serving as vehicles of independent self-representation. The analysis is set in the context of the social, political and economic metamorphosis that China has undergone in the past five decades and foregrounds the dynamics of political, economic and technological forces that has been transforming Chinese media and the way media users have been (mis-)represented. The metaphor of ‘the wall’ is used to chart the contours of the struggle for self-expression and representation. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the political and social implications of the internet and networked user created media content for China.

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ID Code: 18498
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: user-created content, self-presentation, Big Character Posters, YouTube videos, Ti-yong
DOI: 10.1080/17544750802639077
ISSN: 1754-4750
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 The Communication Research Centre, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 01:03
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2010 15:45

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