The Party Line: How The Media Dictates Public Opinion in Modern China

The Party Line: How The Media Dictates Public Opinion in Modern China

Doug Young

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0470828536

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The first in-depth, authoritative discussion of the role of the press in China and the way the Chinese government uses the media to shape public opinion

China's 1.3 billion population may make the country the world's largest, but the vast majority of Chinese share remarkably similar views on these and a wide array of other issues, thanks to the unified message they get from tightly controlled state-run media. Official views are formed at the top in organizations like the Xinhua News Agency and China Central Television and allowed to trickle down to regional and local media, giving the appearance of many voices with a single message that is reinforced at every level. As a result, the Chinese are remarkably like-minded on a wide range of issues both domestic and foreign.

  • Takes readers beyond China's economic miracle to show how the nation's massive state-run media complex not only influences public opinion but creates it
  • Explores an array of issues, from Tibet and Taiwan to the environment and US trade relations, as seen through the lens of the Xinhua News Agency
  • Tells the story of the official Xinhua News Agency along with its history and reporting over the years, as the foundation for telling the story

Managing the Dragon: How I'm Building a Billion-Dollar Business in China

Cyber Policy in China (China Today)

Skeleton Women

Collection of Su Ze (Chinese classical literature series) (中国古典文学基本丛书:苏辙集)

Classic of Poetry with Comments (Chinese classical literature series) (中国古典文学基本丛书:诗经注析)


















helped me to see how I could join my passions for writing and history through a journalism career, with the realization that journalists really are the first recorders of history. Introduction Imagine this: You wake up one morning, roll out of bed, and turn on your radio to hear the morning drive-to-work show as you get ready to go to the office. Mike, Harold, and Samantha are going through their usual banter when the news announcer breaks in: “This just in,” he says. “We’re getting word that

paper, setting his journalism career in motion. While media are still first and foremost the tellers of the Party’s story, a newer, more subtle role they have taken on in the past two decades is that of maintaining social harmony and stability. In the same 2010 lecture mentioned in Chapter 1, where a top Xinhua editor discussed a restaged reemergence by China’s first astronaut from his space capsule to hide an unsightly injury suffered during his descent, that same official, Xia Lin, also talked

pages has persisted to this day and is still evident in most media, which are nearly all state-owned at some level. But at the same time, the Party, as part of its move toward a more market-oriented economy, has also encouraged the media to sink or swim on their own, cutting off most of the government funding they received in the past and making them rely on advertising and other market-oriented revenue sources to fund their operations. This shift has produced an interesting new dichotomy over

recognized as Zhang Shangwu, a former world-class gymnast. The person took a photo and posted it on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, touching off a national debate on how the nation often failed to take care of former athletes who couldn’t find work after their sporting careers. In Zhang’s case, he was forced to retire after suffering an injury in 2003. With little education beyond his athletic training, Zhang had turned to crime and was arrested for stealing equipment from a sports school

positive elements of the story, most notably the massive rescue effort. While many of the initial stories were indeed positive, a growing number of negative stories also began to crop up within days from these regional reporters, many involving the previously mentioned collapse of numerous schools due to suspected shoddy construction, resulting in the deaths of thousands of children. While officials initially tolerated these negative reports, they finally intervened and ordered everyone to stop

Download sample