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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  16 BBS activities. However, BBS is more than a new technology. It constitutes its own myths when the students become more and more willing to affiliate with it. To establish this point, we should first see what the BBS means to the university students. No interviewee chose to use the BBS for a single reason. But we can distinguish a few aspects of their motivations. BBS as A Myth First, some of the students prefer BBS to the Internet because BBS has some unique functions: Sun: When using Telnet or Cterm 7 to connect with BBS, you can chat with people. But in the form of WWW (world wide web), you cannot do this. NN: BBS has a distinct function: you can read posting, send message, and chat with other people at the same time. It is a very comfortable manner. Second, they believe that the BBS can provide them with abundant information to solve any problem: Luo: For example, if you encounter some frustrations, in love or others, you want to release yourself……You post your feelings in the BBS, the more people reply to your postings, the more you feel extricated……In BBS, there will be many strangers helping you. That will make you feel better. Third, almost all students choose to use BBS because this manner of communication can protect their privacies. Thus, people there are more ‘real’ than in real life: NN: Chatting in BBS is very different from in real life. A person whom you talk to is only represented by some words. You can tell him everything you want. I believe he also thinks so……Moreover, in BBS, people are more lenient than in real life. And you needn’t care about who he is and whether he is male or female. Fourth, comparing with real life communication, the interviewees think that BBS 7 Telnet and Cterm are two softwares used to connect PCs through networks, such as the Internet.

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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BBS activities. However, BBS is more than a new technology. It constitutes its own myths when
the students become more and more willing to affiliate with it. To establish this point, we should
first see what the BBS means to the university students. No interviewee chose to use the BBS for a
single reason. But we can distinguish a few aspects of their motivations.
BBS as A Myth
First, some of the students prefer BBS to the Internet because BBS has some unique functions:
Sun: When using Telnet or Cterm
7
to connect with BBS, you can chat with people. But
in the form of WWW (world wide web), you cannot do this.
NN: BBS has a distinct function: you can read posting, send message, and chat with
other people at the same time. It is a very comfortable manner.
Second, they believe that the BBS can provide them with abundant information to solve any
problem:
Luo: For example, if you encounter some frustrations, in love or others, you want to
release yourself……You post your feelings in the BBS, the more people reply to your
postings, the more you feel extricated……In BBS, there will be many strangers helping
you. That will make you feel better.
Third, almost all students choose to use BBS because this manner of communication can
protect their privacies. Thus, people there are more ‘real’ than in real life:
NN: Chatting in BBS is very different from in real life. A person whom you talk to is
only represented by some words. You can tell him everything you want. I believe he
also thinks so……Moreover, in BBS, people are more lenient than in real life. And you
needn’t care about who he is and whether he is male or female.
Fourth, comparing with real life communication, the interviewees think that BBS
7
Telnet and Cterm are two softwares used to connect PCs through networks, such as the Internet.


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