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The politics of flies: mocking news in Chinese cyberspace

Tang, Lijun ORCID: 2013. The politics of flies: mocking news in Chinese cyberspace. Chinese Journal of Communication 6 (4) , pp. 482-496. 10.1080/17544750.2013.844190

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Utilizing an illustrative case, this article examines readers' satirical comments on online news in Chinese cyberspace, revealing that using the news as a prop, netizens joke about social inequality and injustice, and parody sham and official stereotyped and hollow messages. Furthermore, by raising questions and exploring possible answers collectively, netizens unveil the absurdity of social policies and the hypocrisy, greed, and corruption of government officials. Hence, netizens' satirical comments focus a spotlight on social problems. This article argues that satirical comments enrich news and expand its content, thereby giving the news an aura, making ordinary news extraordinary, and making possible political and radical readings of seemingly apolitical and neutral news.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Uncontrolled Keywords: collective intelligence, food safety, humor, Internet, parody, satire
Additional Information: Online publication date: 19 November 2013.
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1754-4750
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 08:36

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