The Chinese media are examined as factors in the changing world order and as examples from a media system distinct from those of the Anglosphere, which have often been touted as models of universal applicability. Wherever possible, practical examples and experiences will be used as illustration.
Media were important in the transformation of Chinese attitudes and behavior of the first half of the 20th century. Then, the CCP used media to and to get people to see the world in new ways.
The 1980s and 1990s saw a flourishing of media indicative of the talents and reflective of the humanity of Chinese creatives. In particular, screen drama series provide windows into how Chinese people see themselves, their social life and their identity. Today, the range and variety of media is vast. Chinese are the greatest fans of screen drama as well as the most enthusiastic users of social media. More and more global cyber companies are Chinese and legacy and digital media from China are important everywhere.
This course will introduce non-Chinese users to China’s media and discuss the issues that arise, both within China and elsewhere, as China’s media proliferate and successfully attract participants and audiences.