In a recent interview, CMP fellow and Peking University professor Hu Yong (胡泳) discusses “surrounding attention,” or wei guan (围观) — the notion that new communications technologies have allowed citizens (or Internet “netizens”) to influence agendas simply by gathering opinion and attention behind issues or news events. In the interview, Hu Yong deals with the question of whether the phenomenon of wei guan has transformed the nature of “discourse power” (话语权) in China.
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