One of the works at the 第二届广州三年展 2nd Guangzhou Triennial, the Beijing Boom Tower, has come back to me in unusual ways. Dynamic City Foundation, who were responsible the tower are publishing a book next year on Chinese Urbanisation. Having a healthy appetite for new media stuff, they also have a Wiki, Chinese Mediaculture.
Nowhere has this new middle landscape become more clear than in the new media culture that has arisen in China over the last few years. Weblogs, bulletinboards, peer-to-peer distribution and chatrooms have made the sharp division between public and private lives problematic. While most of these new media are used for mere entertainment, on the internet Chinese citizens do employ a number of tactics to find or distribute information outside the official media system. More than once collective outrage in this middle sphere –somewhere between private conversation and the official media –has had political consequences. Conversations on bulletin boards and weblogs have spilled over to the official media and forced the state to investigate cases of corruption and even hushed up murder. Is this the beginning of a true civil society in China, emerging from these new middle grounds?
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I’m a little slow, and the complexities of the internet sometimes confuse me, like if you spin round and round and round really fast … then try to walk. So, I’ll let Martijn explain:
just a small addition: the wiki is not part of the dynamic city, but part of a research-project I am doing in collaboration with V2 www.v2.nl , an institute
for media art and media culture based in the Netherlands, it’s really sort of
an informal research tool we are using to prepare our debate, which by the way
will be broadcasted in cyberspace, I will keep you updated on this!