Military Fantasy Novels Find Home Online

For Foreign Policy, Isaac Stone Fish and Helen Gao explore the “terrifying” web-based genre of Chinese military fantasy novels: It is the year 2049. China’s economic development has so disturbed the...

Net Turns Cold and Spooky for Fatigued Netizens

At Tea Leaf Nation, Natalie Thomas points to signs that netizens are growing disillusioned with social media as a force for social and political change, as apparent victories turn out to be hollow and numbness sets in. While...

Corruption: The Goldilocks Argument

The subject of corruption and its place in Chinese culture and society has been the focus of vigorous debate. Wen Jiabao stated in March that corruption poses the “most crucial threat” to Party rule; Murong Xuecun...

Chinese Social Networks Explained

Thomas Crampton has posted a short guide to China’s social networks and their users, while at DigiCha, a slideshow by Bill Bishop gives an in-depth explanation of so-called “Twitter clone” Sina Weibo. From ThomasCrampton.com:...

New Breed of Web Giants Emerging in China

Warc.com looks at Google’s recent list of the most popular websites around the world: The potential scale of China’s future trajectory in this area, was shown by the impressive headline scores of some of the...

Southern Weekend Report on Internet controls

Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekend), one of China’s most popular newspapers and part of the independent-minded Southern Daily Group, has published a lengthy report on government efforts to censor the Internet. [UPDATE: ESWN...

A Chinese Chatroom Adventure – ESWN

From The EastSouthWestNorth blog: News media know that they have to keep the excitement level up in order to keep their audience. But news media know that they depend heavily on external


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