All Academic, Inc. Research Logo

Info/CitationFAQResearchAll Academic Inc.
Document

The story of Qi Shi Ma: Online discussion and community engagement in urban China
Unformatted Document Text:  - 14 - thread demanded the public be rational: “Don’t be so emotional and angry only because the driver was from a rich family.” The other one pointed out the disagreement in its headline and explained that the public’s anger was due to the driver’s arrogant behavior and police’s unjust investigation. Citizens felt unsafe and insecure if the rich class was always unequally treated with privilege. However, there were no more continuous arguments and the debate ended. Discussion The findings suggested that the online forum provided netizens with certain opportunities of expression. Compared with the local newspaper, the online forum showed considerable advantages. More information was disseminated, and in a more timely way, and more opinions were expressed. More voices of more people from more diverse social backgrounds were heard. First of all, the online forum was the platform for unlimited amounts of information. Compared with only 16 stories in the newspaper, of which the majority were government news releases, on the forum 300 threads were disseminated. Forum users posted the accident news earlier than the newspaper could do and immediately formed questions about the police report of the car’s speed. Users posted photos they took at the scene of the accident. The memorial ceremony of the victim was disclosed only online. In addition, users forwarded intensive news coverage, which was missing from Du Shi Kuai Bao, from other regional, national and international media. These findings were coherent with optimistic ideas of the Internet’s power of spreading information (Bowen, 1996; Cheong &Gong, 2010; Grossman,1995; Jones, 1997; McChesney, 2000; Wriston, 1992). Compared with the local newspaper, the forum presented more pieces in the puzzle of Online discussion and community engagement in urban China

Authors: Liu, Zhengjia.
first   previous   Page 14 of 23   next   last



background image
- 14 -
thread demanded the public be rational: “Don’t be so emotional and angry only because 
the driver was from a rich family.” The other one pointed out the disagreement in its 
headline and explained that the public’s anger was due to the driver’s arrogant behavior 
and police’s unjust investigation. Citizens felt unsafe and insecure if the rich class was 
always unequally treated with privilege. However, there were no more continuous 
arguments and the debate ended. 
Discussion
The findings suggested that the online forum provided netizens with certain 
opportunities of expression. Compared with the local newspaper, the online forum 
showed considerable advantages. More information was disseminated, and in a more 
timely way, and more opinions were expressed. More voices of more people from more 
diverse  social backgrounds were heard. 
First of all, the online forum was the platform for unlimited amounts of 
information. Compared with only 16 stories in the newspaper, of which the majority were 
government news releases, on the forum 300 threads were disseminated. Forum users 
posted the accident news earlier than the newspaper could do and immediately formed 
questions about the police report of the car’s speed. Users posted photos they took at the 
scene of the accident. The memorial ceremony of the victim was disclosed only online. In 
addition, users forwarded intensive news coverage, which was missing from Du Shi Kuai 
Bao, from other regional, national and international media. These findings were coherent 
with optimistic ideas of the Internet’s power of spreading information (Bowen, 1996; 
Cheong &Gong, 2010; Grossman,1995; Jones, 1997; McChesney, 2000; Wriston, 1992). 
Compared with the local newspaper, the forum presented more pieces in the puzzle of 
Online discussion and community engagement in urban China


Convention
Need a solution for abstract management? All Academic can help! Contact us today to find out how our system can help your annual meeting.
Submission - Custom fields, multiple submission types, tracks, audio visual, multiple upload formats, automatic conversion to pdf.
Review - Peer Review, Bulk reviewer assignment, bulk emails, ranking, z-score statistics, and multiple worksheets!
Reports - Many standard and custom reports generated while you wait. Print programs with participant indexes, event grids, and more!
Scheduling - Flexible and convenient grid scheduling within rooms and buildings. Conflict checking and advanced filtering.
Communication - Bulk email tools to help your administrators send reminders and responses. Use form letters, a message center, and much more!
Management - Search tools, duplicate people management, editing tools, submission transfers, many tools to manage a variety of conference management headaches!
Click here for more information.

first   previous   Page 14 of 23   next   last

©2012 All Academic, Inc.