By Eileen Le Han
This e-book bargains an in-depth account of social media, journalism and collective reminiscence via a five-year research of Weibo, a number one chinese language micro-blogging platform, and prism of transitional China in a globalizing international.
How does society take note public occasions within the quickly altering age of social media?
Eileen Le Han examines how different types of public occasions are shared, debated, and their old value and worthiness of remembrance highlighted on Weibo. Journalism performs an important half in mobilizing collective remembering of those occasions, in a society with quickly altering subject matters at the platform, the tightening kingdom keep an eye on, and nationalism at the upward push.
The first 5 years of Weibo mirror a dramatic switch in chinese language society, the place reporters, media execs, and opinion leaders in different fields of workmanship, including traditional electorate at once suffering from those adjustments in lifestyle collaborate to witness the fast social transition.
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Forty people died and over two hundred were injured. Immediately after the train crash, a few survivors posted cries for rescue to Weibo. Subsequently, extensive information updates flooded Weibo, including live reports as well as recollections of similar incidents in the past, both global and local. 23” accident or “high-speed train (dongche in Chinese)” accident thereafter, quickly became the headline news story on all Chinese media platforms and attracted global media coverage. With the increasing ubiquity of smartphones, taking a snapshot and uploading (Suishoupai) to Weibo has become a convenient way of capturing an ongoing event.
It is also connected to larger social contentions. While both Weibo and Twitter can be considered as event-oriented platforms, there are significant differences. 24 Their central concern is not the events themselves, but rather the promotion of subversive agendas, aiming to mobilize online and offline protests and other forms of collective action, particularly in support of human rights and democratic activists who have been persecuted by the Chinese authorities. Weibo, in contrast, cannot support such radical discourse due to the restrictions placed on media organizations in China.
23,” an official Sina account on Weibo posted a message with the hashtag “#anniversary of high-speed train accident in Wenzhou#: “On July 23, 2011, every Chinese was focusing on the two crashed trains, the Ministry of Railways, and the little girl named Yiyi… Time flies, and now a year has passed. Can we still clearly remember how many people died because of this accident? ”60 It was then forwarded by a member of the operations team, who is in charge of Weibo’s trending topic function, with the comment “Sorrow and hope!
Micro-blogging Memories: Weibo and Collective Remembering in Contemporary China by Eileen Le Han