ACIAC Seminar "Chinese Internet Events: Facts and Opinions"

DETAILS

Date: Monday 9 April, 2018

Time: 1.00pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Building EA, Ground Floor, Room EA.G.03, Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture, Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University

FREE. Registration Essential. Please RSVP HERE (opens in a new window) by 8 April 2017.

The seminar will be in Chinese. 主讲人将使用中文。

Abstract

How do we understand the impact of new media and government regulation on the public sphere in China? The new media give more and more opportunities for people to express themselves, but if we look at the internet censorship, regulations, and public opinion guide, Chinese government supervision is more and more strict and rigorous. An analysis of recent hot events shows that direct public criticism of government power has become scarce. Instead, more social events are entering public discussions increasingly. The characteristics of public discussion in internet hot events such as “Red yellow blue kindergarten child abuse” and “Tang Lanlan” deserve attention: facts are scarce and there is more prejudice; public opinion is unfocused and extreme, which led to the simultaneous ban of both information and opinions. But from a different point of view, these characteristics indicate the question of whether public discussion can proceed smoothly not only depends on network supervision, but also relates to the relationship between fact and opinion, and the ways in which public discussions are conducted.

在当今中国,新媒体与政府对中国公共领域各有着怎样的影响?媒介技术赋予了越来越多普通个体发声的机会,但从网络审查、网络法规、到舆论引导,中国政府对网络的监管也越来越严密。近期中国网络热点事件表明,网络空间里指向公权力的直接的公共批评逐渐减少,社会事件经由媒介发酵进入公共讨论的机会正在增加。而这些网络热点事件如“红黄蓝幼儿园虐童”事件与“汤兰兰”事件中的公共讨论呈现出来的特点值得注意:事实稀缺并存在偏见,舆论失焦且偏激。这导致了信息与观点同时面临封禁。从另外的角度来看,这些特点表明公共讨论能否顺利进行,不仅决定于网络监管,而且与事实与观点的关系以及公共讨论的方式有关。

Biography

Dr Guifang Zhang is a Visiting Professor in the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (ACIAC), Western Sydney University, and also Associate Professor at Shandong University of Political Science and Law. She previously worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for ten years in the Jinan Daily Group (济南日报报业集团). Her research areas include Chinese journalism and media studies.

张桂芳博士是西悉尼大学澳中艺术与文化研究院的访问教授,同时她也是山东政法学院的副教授。张桂芳博士曾在济南日报报业集团从事了十年的新闻记者和编辑的工作。她的研究领域包括中国新闻和媒体研究,并在这些领域广泛地发表了研究成果。