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New Media in New China: An Analysis of the Democratizing Effect of the Internet

This paper analyzes the emergence, development, and future of Chinese new media, especially the Internet, through discussing the restrictions that Chinese media faced under the Kaiserism of the Chinese government in both old and new China. It will additionally illustrate how the property of new media accomplishes successful communication through creating "meanings" on various aspects and compare the performances of new media and traditional media during two periods, the year of 2008 and the period from 2009 to 2012. In both of these periods, the fragility of the Chinese media system mirrors China's political system, while highlighting the demands of Chinese citizens and media towards greater freedom and autonomy. The struggles between China's censors and citizens are all listed and analyzed.

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