Examining the impact of soft news and social media use on political knowledge of the Chinese younger generation

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dc.contributor.author Qiu, Ruochen
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-06T15:01:00Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-06T15:01:00Z
dc.date.issued 2011-05-06
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/8769
dc.description.abstract Since the 1990s, much discussion about the rise of the Internet within the People’s Republic of China has focused on the political consequences of the technology on China’s Communist Party. The popularization of Internet access was once regarded as a sign of significant progress in Chinese political democratization. Especially when considering the impact of Internet use on the Chinese younger generation, the importance of political issues spread through Internet should be more amplified. One interesting phenomenon that needs attention is the emergence of political soft news in recent years on the Chinese national social network that never arose before in the history of the People’s Republic of China. Different from any type of solemn formal political news that appeared in Chinese media, the soft news tends to emphasize entertaining aspects of political issues more and engages with high readability. It pays more attention to the gender, personality, and appearance--even the daily life of the leaders who were once the most mysterious and paramount group in Chinese political system. One important trait of this kind of news is that most news items emerged in social networks and websites that young adults are frequently exposed to. Along with the rapid rise of Chinese social media, will the major participants, Chinese young adults be strongly influenced by political soft news spread through the Internet? Will the young adults be attracted by the soft news initially and then try to know some further information about the government’s policies? Or, will they only dwell on the soft news? This research tries to explore and provide answers to these questions and focus on the impact of the soft news on Chinese young adults’ understanding of politics. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Chinese political soft news en_US
dc.subject Social media en_US
dc.subject Political knowledge en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.title Examining the impact of soft news and social media use on political knowledge of the Chinese younger generation en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of Journalism and Mass Communications en_US
dc.description.advisor Todd F. Simon en_US
dc.subject.umi Mass Communications (0708) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US

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