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Resistance within Contexts:A Study of University BBS Youth Culture in China
Unformatted Document Text:  20 and are not used to contemplate. They cannot understand anything that is a little bit abstract. Even when they meet with dulcet things, they have no feelings……One serious symptom of vulgarism is a kind of simplified, mechanical, either-or thinking……If you glance at the words used in the Internet discussion groups, you will know how general this kind of thinking is. Even these netizens, who have accepted systematic educations and can afford to go to the Internet, are of this type, the other Chinese can well be imagined…… I have cited some scholars’ research on contemporary Chinese youth and have displayed how critical their attitudes towards this group of people are. Intellectuals know that individualism, pragmatism, and consumerism are the by-products of social changes, but they are not even a bit tolerant towards these ‘isms.’ The intellectuals’ attitudes towards the ‘A Chinese Odyssey fever’ in the BBSs thus become predictable. According to a report in a Chinese magazine, ‘New Weekly’, a Chinese youth research institution defines the meanings of the nonsensical language style in the BBSs as ‘negative’ and even ‘decadent.’ Do the intellectuals’ attitudes a result of a ‘generation gap’? It might be. But at the same time, there is also a ‘new technology gap’ between the youths and the adults. Intellectuals rarely use BBSs. As one student said: NN: Professors look down upon BBSs, especially those professors of sciences and technologies… If they have some articles to publish, they will send them to transactions, or ‘core journals’. They will be most reluctant to post the articles in the BBSs. NN points to the argument that intellectuals, most of whom are university professors, do not take ‘BBS’ as a formal and legitimate place for academic exchange. As a result, university BBSs become a ‘secret garden’ for the students. The students think that the professors, or the adults in general, will not go to their BBSs, and they never hope that the adults would understand their behaviors. Luo: I have read one posting of a student. He must be too crazily attending the BBSs. He submitted a report to his advisor and used many BBS languages……he was scolded by the advisor. His advisor totally could not know what the languages mean because he reads

Authors: Dong, Dong.
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and are not used to contemplate. They cannot understand anything that is a little bit abstract.
Even when they meet with dulcet things, they have no feelings……One serious symptom
of vulgarism is a kind of simplified, mechanical, either-or thinking……If you glance at the
words used in the Internet discussion groups, you will know how general this kind of
thinking is. Even these netizens, who have accepted systematic educations and can afford
to go to the Internet, are of this type, the other Chinese can well be imagined……
I have cited some scholars’ research on contemporary Chinese youth and have displayed how
critical their attitudes towards this group of people are. Intellectuals know that individualism,
pragmatism, and consumerism are the by-products of social changes, but they are not even a bit
tolerant towards these ‘isms.’ The intellectuals’ attitudes towards the ‘A Chinese Odyssey fever’ in
the BBSs thus become predictable. According to a report in a Chinese magazine, ‘New Weekly’, a
Chinese youth research institution defines the meanings of the nonsensical language style in the
BBSs as ‘negative’ and even ‘decadent.’
Do the intellectuals’ attitudes a result of a ‘generation gap’? It might be. But at the same time,
there is also a ‘new technology gap’ between the youths and the adults. Intellectuals rarely use
BBSs. As one student said:
NN: Professors look down upon BBSs, especially those professors of sciences and
technologies… If they have some articles to publish, they will send them to transactions, or
‘core journals’. They will be most reluctant to post the articles in the BBSs.
NN points to the argument that intellectuals, most of whom are university professors, do not
take ‘BBS’ as a formal and legitimate place for academic exchange. As a result, university BBSs
become a ‘secret garden’ for the students. The students think that the professors, or the adults in
general, will not go to their BBSs, and they never hope that the adults would understand their
behaviors.
Luo: I have read one posting of a student. He must be too crazily attending the BBSs. He
submitted a report to his advisor and used many BBS languages……he was scolded by the
advisor. His advisor totally could not know what the languages mean because he reads


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