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Title: Weibo communication and government legitimacy in China: a computer-assisted analysis of Weibo messages on two ‘mass incidents’ †
Authors: Tong, J
Zuo, L
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Information, Communication & Society, 2014, 17 (1), pp. 66 - 85
Abstract: This article examines whether and to what extent online communication challenges the legitimacy of the authoritarian Chinese government through an analysis of data from Sina’s Weibo (China’s version of Twitter) about the 2011 Wukan and Haimen mass incidents, collected from December 2011-June 2012. The activities of Weibo users and the discourse of tweets they have posted are examined and the extent to which online communication on Weibo challenges government legitimacy is assessed.
ISSN: 1369-118X
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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