Journal article

Weibo, Framing, and Media Practices in China

WY Wang

Journal of Chinese Political Science | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2013

Abstract

This study uses frames analysis to investigate online discourses and processes of political deliberation on China's weibo (microblog) service. It offers a comparative analysis of competing discourses surrounding the case of Wang Yue, a toddler who was ran over by two motor vehicles in Foshan, following which 18 people passed by and ignored her plight. The study aims to understand how weibo facilitate its users to express their differences and deliberate disagreements with each other. The study found that Internet users are rational in the sense that they do not simply lean towards a dichotomised choice of 'pro-' or 'anti-' official discourse, but they are able to negotiate their moral choice..

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