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Towards a Chinese Public Sphere? Online Public Opinion & the Yuqing System

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Towards a Chinese Public Sphere? Online Public Opinion & the Yuqing System

China is slowly developing a public sphere, with online public opinion counterbalancing so-called “mainstream” public opinion. This has provoked the Party’s desire to develop invent ingenious methods of micro social management. There is a booming “yuqing” (public sentiment) industry. The far-reaching yuqing monitoring system has transformed its function from intelligence gathering and analysis into manipulation and fabrication of internet public opinion. The yuqing system has constructed an orderly and harmonious cyberspace with positive “public opinion”. However, in doing so, it has brushed aside and buried real online public opinion on issues and conflicts between and among regions, social classes, religions, ethnicities, and the state and the society.

HU YONG, Professor of Journalism and Communication, Peking University

Hu Yong is professor of journalism and communication, Peking University. He is a veteran journalist and the author of 13 books. He is a founding director of the Communication Association of China (CAC) and China New Media Communication Association (CNMCA).

**Prof. Hu will also give a talk in Chinese on 23 November at 7:30pm in CVA105: 另一個地球:互聯網作為全球大腦


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