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Title: The formation of an agonistic public sphere: emotions, the Internet and news media in China
Authors: Tong, Jingrong
First Published: 15-Sep-2015
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: China Information, 29 (3), pp. 333-351
Abstract: This article discusses the importance of emotions to China’s public life and the way in which the Internet and news media channels have publicized emotional outbursts by the public in China in recent years. An agonistic public sphere is being formed, the basis of which is the expression of emotions, especially hatred, resentment, anger and compassion, both on the Internet and in the news media. As a result, conflicting interests are contested and paradoxes in society are exposed. This development is close to what radical democracy theories conceptualize as an agonistic public sphere. This emotional dimension in public life is a crucial means for China’s subordinated citizens to strive to utilize resources to change the current hierarchy in society. The formation of an agonistic public sphere democratizes communication processes, opens a space for public participation and gives voice to the public who are otherwise silent. The expression of emotions has the potential to break down the Chinese Communist Party’s hegemony.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0920203X15602863
ISSN: 0920-203X
eISSN: 1741-590X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, the author. The file associated with this record is distributed under the Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence, further details of which can be found via the following link:
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