China has a huge growth rate on internet population in the early 2000s, the growth rate once jumped up to 159%. Internet is a very good place to gather people together in the early 21st century.Chinese government sees the usage of the internet media, trying to engage more citizens into the politics through the internet.
The research I found “analyzes the main features and political functions of Chinese Internet–mediated networks that inhabit and traverse online and offline realms and that derive strength from their amphibious character whether they are primarily based online or offline. ” It discussed the Internet activism in China, Characteristics of Internet–mediated networks in China, The politics and transboundary dynamics of Internet–mediated networks, Overview of four empirical cases, Information politics, Symbolic politics, Leverage politics, Accountability politics, Internet–mediated networks and informational politics in China, and Conclusion and theoretical implications. (Yang, 2005) I took the part of Internet activism in China, The politics and transboundary dynamics of Internet–mediated networks, Information politics, Symbolic politics, Leverage politics, Accountability politics to discuss in our class. According to my research, among those four types of politics, the information politic influenced the Chinese society and Chinese people’s daily life the most. According to my research, the article identifies prominent features of this informational politics and discusses how new norms about information and information technologies are articulated and contested and what implications they have for democratic struggles in China. (Yang, 2005) It is very interesting to see how the online politics works in China, it is not a country full of freedom, and it has its own way to make the huge country works.
Yang, Guobin; 2005; Activists beyond Virtual Borders: Internet-Mediated Networks and Informational Politics in China; First Monday, Special Issue #7: Command Lines: The Emergence of Governance in Global Cyberspace; http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/1609/1524