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The Power of Social Network in China: How Does Microblog Influence the Way of Expression
Unformatted Document Text:  The Power of Social Network in China: How Does Microblog Influence the Way of Expression the next hour. Fei Deng posted and updated his microblog at 8:57 and 9:04 as follows: “(Live report 1 from Changbei airport) county secretary lead the 40 officials group, blocked relatives of self-immolation family. They missed the flight, Zhong fall into a faint, recovered after the emergency rescue. (Live report 2 from Changbei airport: two women hide in the restroom keeping contact with journalist) Zhong calmed down. Airport police station informed them to go to nearby police station to get security check but was refused. Zhong sisters continued staying at restroom, kept contacting outside by phone.” He then began to post and update simultaneously as the situation developed. Those posts were commented and forwarded, and lots of popular journalists were using the @ function to describe the event and link other microbloggers to the postings. More and more network opinion leaders joined the process of disseminating this event, and throughout the morning people paid close attention to that continuing update of the Zhong sister‟s tribulations on the microblog community. Finally at 10am, the journalist of <Southern Metropolis Daily News>, Guodong Zhang arrived and helped Zhong sisters get out of the restroom safely. This microblog event quickly spread to other media broadcasters, as television, radio, and newspapers began repeating the story and reporting detailed information. With all of this public attention, the Zhong sisters decided to negotiate with upper government the next day in order to ensure the attention of media so that they could be safe. Without new media, no one can guarantee what the Zhong sisters would have experienced; without new media, the Zhong sisters may become one of thousand victims with no voice and no media attention. Microblogging provided a platform where people could discuss the issue freely and exchange information and opinions. It

Authors: Xu, Linjia.
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The Power of Social Network in China: How Does Microblog Influence the Way of Expression 
 
the next hour. 
Fei Deng posted and updated his microblog at 8:57 and 9:04 as follows: 
“(Live  report  1  from  Changbei  airport)  county  secretary  lead  the  40  officials 
group, blocked relatives  of self-immolation family. They missed the flight, Zhong fall 
into a faint, recovered after the emergency rescue. 
(Live report  2  from Changbei  airport: two women hide in  the restroom keeping 
contact with journalist) Zhong calmed down. Airport police station informed them to 
go  to  nearby  police  station  to  get  security  check  but  was  refused.  Zhong  sisters 
continued staying at restroom, kept contacting outside by phone.” 
He  then  began  to  post  and  update  simultaneously  as  the  situation  developed. 
Those  posts  were  commented  and  forwarded,  and  lots  of  popular  journalists  were 
using  the  @  function  to  describe  the  event  and  link  other  microbloggers  to  the 
postings. More and more network opinion leaders joined the process of disseminating 
this event, and throughout the morning people paid close attention to that continuing 
update of the Zhong sister‟s tribulations on the microblog community. 
Finally at 10am, the journalist of <Southern Metropolis Daily News>, Guodong 
Zhang arrived and helped Zhong sisters get out of the restroom safely. This microblog 
event quickly spread to other media broadcasters, as television, radio, and newspapers 
began  repeating  the  story  and  reporting  detailed  information.  With  all  of  this  public 
attention, the Zhong sisters decided to negotiate with upper government the next day 
in order to ensure the attention of media so that they could be safe. 
Without  new  media,  no  one  can  guarantee  what  the  Zhong  sisters  would  have 
experienced;  without  new  media,  the  Zhong  sisters  may  become  one  of  thousand 
victims  with  no  voice  and  no  media  attention.  Microblogging  provided  a  platform 
where people could discuss the issue freely and exchange information and opinions. It 


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