New Media Rumor, Rumor Control, and Contentious Politics in Contemporary China – University of Copenhagen

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New Media Rumor, Rumor Control, and Contentious Politics in Contemporary China

PURPOSE: The aim of this project is to examine the characteristics, nature, and influences of new media rumors and rumor control in contemporary China. Although Chinese authorities have tried it hard to erase rumor, new media rumors spring up one after another, frequently aggravating social tensions, evoking collective actions, and putting the whole society in a state of anxiety and nervousness. What is the dynamics of new media rumors? Understanding the new media rumor and rumor control will offer not only a way to figure out how people appropriate new information and communication technologies in their everyday life for political discussion, but also a key approach to reveal deep-seated structural problems of rumor mill in contemporary Chinese society. In addition, this project will investigate the latest means of rumor control and its political influence on Chinese citizens’ new media-based interaction and communication.

METHOD: The project includes two one-month fieldworks in China focusing on ethnographic data collection and in-depth interviews from 2014 to 2015.

FUNDING: S. C. Van Fonden Grants.

CONTACT: Assistant Professor Jun Liu, liujun@hum.ku.dk, tel. +45 35328416.