The Nailhouse Case and the Birth of Citizen Journalism РChen Wanying (陈万颖)

 20070331 01 From Beijing Youth Weekend, translated by EastSouthWestNorth:

“Each section shall be around 15 words or so; the live photographs must include your own ID or logo; also stream or hyperlinked videos that show live arguments (but no speeches from government leaders).”

In the case of the “most awesome nailhouse” of Chongqing, the netizens at Tianya, MOP and KDNet used everything that they could to report from the scene. In real life, they are animation designers, trade corporation employees, etc. Previously, in the cases of “Bronze Moustache gate” and “Female cat torture,” the world saw the power of the “human Internet search engine” in action to track down specific individuals. Now the appearance of “the most awesome nailhouse” has given birth to “citizen journalism.”

Why are the citizen journalists doing this? What are they offering to the netizens in general? Why are they receiving these high hit rates? Our reporter tries to find the answers based upon the self-descriptions from several of these netizens. [Full Text]

Read also: China Bloggers: Let’s go to Chongqing! from Reading China blog by Hegel Chong.


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