Will the real Weibo please stand up? Chinese online contention and actor-network theory

  title={Will the real Weibo please stand up? Chinese online contention and actor-network theory},
  author={Thomas Poell and Jeroen de Kloet and Guohua Zeng},
  journal={Chinese Journal of Communication},
  pages={1 - 18}
Social media platforms have become key participants in Chinese political contention. Global media eagerly report on cases involving social media, often celebrating them as signs of political change. This article analyzes the involvement of Sina Weibo in two instances of political contention: one concerns the Huili picture scandal of June 2011, and the other a controversy around the popular rally racer and novelist Han Han that started in December 2011. Drawing inspiration from actor-network… Expand
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