Who’s blocking the Chinese Internet? The rise of cybercultures and the generational conflicts in China

Wang, Wilfred Yang (2012) Who’s blocking the Chinese Internet? The rise of cybercultures and the generational conflicts in China. In Baumann, Sabine (Ed.) Cybercultures: Cultures in Cyberspace Communities. Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, England, United Kingdom, pp. 145-166.

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Abstract

As a decentralised communication technology, the Internet has offered much autonomy and unprecedented communication freedom to the Chinese public. Yet the Chinese government has imposed different forms of censorship over cyberspace. However, the Hong Kong erotic photo scandal reshuffles the traditional understanding of censorship in China as it points to a different territory. The paper takes the Hong Kong erotic photo scandal in 2008 as a case study and aims to examine the social and generational conflicts hidden in China. When thousands of photos containing sexually explicit images of Hong Kong celebrities were released on the Internet, gossip, controversies and eroticism fuelled the public discussion and threatened traditional values in China.
The Internet provides an alternative space for the young Chinese who have been excluded from mainstream social discourse to engage in public debates. This, however, creates concerns, fear and even anger among the older generations in China, because they can no longer control, monitor and educate their children in the way that their predecessors have done for centuries. The photo scandal illustrates the internal social conflicts and distrust between generations in China and the generational conflict has a far-reaching political ramification as it creates a new concept of censorship.

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ID Code: 61096
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: censorship, China, cyberculture, generational conflicts, moral panics, the Internet, youth culture
ISBN: 9781848881549
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Inter-Disciplinary Press
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2013 23:01
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 15:15

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