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Protesting on the Chinese Web (1994-2011)

Le Temps des médias n°18, Printemps 2012, p. 99-110.


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After the first international Internet connections became available in China in 1994, the Chinese became the most numerous Internet-users in the world and they began to enjoy a considerable variety of online services. Despite censorship, the Internet has offered them a unique repertoire of tools of protest. It is not only political dissidents who have found a way of making their ideas spread, but all Chinese citizens who possess a tool to share their concerns and indignation. In fact, there is an entire culture favorable to criticism, to irony, and to challenging the government, which has developed among Chinese youth.

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