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Tell China's Story Well?: Cultural Framing and Online Contestation

Bingjuan Xiong
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Bingjuan Xiong: Department of Communication, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2015, vol. 5, issue 1, 26-40

Abstract: The development of new media transforms human communication experiences in ways that are socially, culturally, and politically meaningful. This study investigates the Chinese government's use of new media in response to an international communication crisis, the Ai Weiwei case, in 2011. Through a discourse analysis of China's official online news website, China Daily, as well as Twitter posts, most salient media frames in China's online media discourse are identified. The results suggest that online contestation of media framing in China's official media discourse contributes to the formation of new cultural expectations and norms in Chinese society and challenges the government's ability to tell its own stories without dispute. The author argues that new media foster online discussion and stimulate public debate of China's accountability and transparency in interacting with domestic and global audiences during crisis communication.

Date: 2015
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