Changing Media, Changing China

Paperback | December 22, 2010

EditorSusan L. Shirk

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Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are stillunfolding as the Chinese government, media, and public adapt to the new information environment.Edited by Susan Shirk, one of America's leading experts on contemporary China, this collection of essays brings together a who's who of experts - Chinese and American - writing about all aspects of the changing media landscape in China. In detailed case studies, the authors describe how the media isreshaping itself from a propaganda mouthpiece into an agent of watchdog journalism, how politicians are reacting to increased scrutiny from the media, and how television, newspapers, magazines, and Web-based news sites navigate the cross-currents between the open marketplace and the CCP censors.China has over 360 million Internet users, more than any other country, and an astounding 162 million bloggers. The growth of Internet access has dramatically increased the information available, the variety and timeliness of the news, and its national and international reach. But China is still farfrom having a free press. As of 2008, the international NGO Freedom House ranked China 181 worst out of 195 countries in terms of press restrictions, and Chinese journalists have been aptly described as "dancing in shackles." The recent controversy over China's censorship of Google highlights theCCP's deep ambivalence toward information freedom. Covering everything from the rise of business media and online public opinion polling to environmental journalism and the effect of media on foreign policy, Changing Media, Changing China reveals how the most populous nation on the planet is reacting to demands for real news.

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Thirty years ago, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) made a fateful decision: to allow newspapers, magazines, television, and radio stations to compete in the marketplace instead of being financed exclusively by the government. The political and social implications of that decision are stillunfolding as the Chinese government, media, an...

Susan L. Shirk is Director of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and Professor at University of California, San Diego. A leading authority on China, she has written numerous books and articles on the subject, including China: Fragile Superpower and pieces that have appeared in the Washington P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Susan L. Shirk: Introduction1. Qian Gang and David Bandurski: China's Emerging Public Sphere2. Hu Shuli: The Rise of the Business Media in China3. Miao Di: Struggling Between Propaganda and Commercials4. Zhan Jiang: Environmental Journalism in China5. Tai Ming Cheung: The Engineers of Human Souls6. Benjamin Liebman: Changing Media, Changing Courts?7. Daniela Stockmann: What Kind of Information Does the Public Demand?8. Xiao Qiang: The Rise of Online Public Opinion and its Political Impact9. Susan L. Shirk: Changing Media, Changing Foreign Policy in China