China: How journalists blog – John Kennedys

From Global Voices Online:

Regarding ‘click count’. It seems everyone agrees that ‘click count’ is the internet’s way of speaking. With the special nature of the internet’s scope and spread, creating a ‘hot spot’ is quite easy given all the unsavory characters to be found. But also have their own special nature in that they are personal web pages, spaces where what one wants can be found. In ancient Chinese illustrated novels, one can often see ‘swords are bestowed upon the brave hero, rouge is bestowed upon the beautiful lady. Even from mothers on the street one can hear ‘give good food to the starving, good talk to the learned’. There are both ‘valuable’ click counts and ‘rubbish’ click counts. Everybody’s reasons for starting a blog are different, with different attitudes toward click count. Some people like everyday to be noticed by the masses, in which case one could keep on speaking on those topics which arouse people’s clickthusiasm. Others just hope for and feel one lifelong friend would be enough, never thinking with the vast space that is the blogsphere that a whole community of like-minded best friends would come, feeling secretly happy inside when they do. Some people are very satisfied by community culture, possibly the point of blogging… [Full Text]

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