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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 record in China‟s internet history. As new media is developing rapidly and the internet is spreading wider, audiences are getting information not only about their personal social lives but also about political, commercial and societal news more quickly and transparently. News reports of traditional media,such as newspapers and TV,are no longer the only ways citizens can get information from. Citizens, as netizens, have a diversity of choice when deciding how to access and consume information, while they are simultaneously growing into a huge population of citizen reporters, perpetually posting news stories and opinions on the net. Blogs, SNS, RSS and Wikipedia are representatives of Web 2.0, in particular, and they have gained much ground in China since 2005. Many events became popular topics on the net, which were not reported by traditional media in the past. However, due to the new ways the internet exposes information to the public, it has provided people a new power to supervise and criticize government departments and administrations as never before. Potentially, this availability of information could foster new transparency in government, forcing the government to respond to the problems. Andreas Kluth, the famous journalist of <Economist>, pointed out that web 2.0 would change the mainstream society in some way from 2007. A History of Public Expression and the Chinese Government Meeting high authorities through mail, phone calls and visits have historically been the main ways to express citizens‟ opinions and hardships in the past in China. It‟s a political method that has characterized China for many decades. People chose to visit higher level governments instead of the local officials, as they believed that the former ones are more powerful and effective in solving their problems. Due to this trend in political communication and civil action, the results were not

Authors: Xu, Linjia.
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The Power of Social Network in China: How Does Microblog Influence the Way of Expression 
 
record in China‟s internet history. 
As  new  media  is  developing  rapidly  and  the  internet  is  spreading  wider, 
audiences  are  getting  information  not  only  about  their  personal  social  lives  but  also 
about  political,  commercial and societal news  more quickly and transparently.  News 
reports of traditional media,such as newspapers and TV,are no longer the only ways 
citizens  can  get  information  from.  Citizens,  as  netizens,  have  a  diversity  of  choice 
when deciding how to access and consume information, while they are simultaneously 
growing into a huge population of citizen reporters, perpetually posting news stories 
and opinions on the net. Blogs, SNS, RSS and Wikipedia are representatives of Web 
2.0, in particular, and they have gained much ground in China since 2005.   
Many  events  became  popular  topics  on  the  net,  which  were  not  reported  by 
traditional  media  in  the  past.  However,  due  to  the  new  ways  the  internet  exposes 
information  to  the  public,  it  has  provided  people  a  new  power  to  supervise  and 
criticize government departments and administrations as never before. Potentially, this 
availability of information could  foster new transparency in  government,  forcing the 
government  to  respond  to  the  problems.  Andreas  Kluth,  the  famous  journalist  of 
<Economist>, pointed out that web 2.0 would change the mainstream society in some 
way from 2007. 
A History of Public Expression and the Chinese Government   
Meeting  high  authorities  through  mail,  phone  calls  and  visits  have  historically 
been the main ways to express citizens‟ opinions and hardships in the past in China. 
It‟s a political method that has characterized China for many decades. People chose to 
visit higher level governments instead of the local officials, as they believed that the 
former ones are more powerful and effective in solving their problems.   
Due to this trend in political communication and civil action, the results were not 


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