Social Media and Collective Remembrance
This paper provides one of the first studies on the role of social media in articulating individuals’ experiences and memories and (re-)shaping collective memory in contemporary China. It investigates how social media enable and facilitate the participation of ordinary citizens in distributing and accumulating alternative narratives and memories of the past against the authoritarian version by taking the debate over China’s Great Famine – a topic long considered a political taboo – on Sina Weibo, one of the country’s most popular social media sites, as the case study. This study demonstrates that weibo provides people with an alternative communicative sphere for sharing previously suppressed, marginalised, “unofficial” memories as civil disobedience and accumulating them into an alternative collective memory that is relevant to the changing socio-political context of China.
Index by keyword :China, weibo, social media, Collective memory, alternative narrative, the Great Famine.
Hui Zhao and Jun Liu, « Social Media and Collective Remembrance », China Perspectives [Online], 2015/1 | 2015, Online since 01 January 2017, connection on 28 March 2017. URL : http://chinaperspectives.revues.org/6649Top of page
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