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Yu, H 2007 , 'Blogging Everyday Life in Chinese Internet Culture' , Asian Studies review, vol. 31, No. 4 , pp. 423-433 , doi: 10.1080/10357820701710724.

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Since the mid-1990s China has undergone an explosive growth in Internet usage and
coverage. China became the second largest Internet nation (next to the United States) in
2002, with 59.1 million Internet users. By June 2006, the number hit 123 million (although
this still comprises only 9.4 per cent of China's total population of 1.3 billion).] The Internet
has become an integral part of the daily lives of urban Chinese. For most Chinese Internet
users, the Internet provides aggregated sources of a rich variety of content: a platform
for online commerce, a huge virtual billboard for advertisements, games and social networking
(including cyberlove, or wang lion).
This entertainment-and-consumption pattern of Internet use at the micro, individual
level is often put side by side with a control model at the macro, institutional level,
which views information and communication technologies (lCT) as a means of control
(see, for example, Qiu, 2007). People in the West are frequently told about the suppression
of freedom of speech by the Chinese government, constraints on politically sensitive websites,
arrests of cyber activists, and global Internet search companies (such as Google,
Yahoo and MSN) giving in to the Chinese government by imposing stricter censorship
to control the flow of Internet information.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Yu, H
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Studies review
ISSN: 1035-7823
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10357820701710724
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