Content of Blog Sites

Blog sites has been a continuous source of criticism of the government

Blog sites has been a continuous source of criticism of the government

 

Due to the increasing popularity of online blogging in China, there have been a lot of web sites created to serve the demand for it. Blogging has been a significant platform for writers to freely criticize the Chinese government. Majority of writers prefer blogging due to the inability of the Chinese officials to shut them off and even get their opinions straight to the readers. The ability of blog sites to post immediately criticisms has been the reason why readers are hooked to read such thing. Although there are some newspapers publishing opinion articles about government policies, readers are getting comfortable in obtaining such knowledge in blog sites because of the exclusive content it provides.

Readers have been greatly interested in viewing political blog sites

Readers have been greatly interested in viewing political blog sites

There have been various studies observing the amount of readers that blogs and newspapers gain. The factors investigated by the studies are the levels of criticism, pluralism and propaganda for each type of media. The reason why pluralism and criticism has been observed due to its ability to gauge the level of freedom to consider political issues through debate or criticism of government institutions. Meanwhile, propaganda allows the readers to gain insight into the ability of the state to set out agenda in the parliament.

In the results, blogs have more articles that are categorized as criticism. Majority of the blogs contain some form of criticism. In comparison to newspapers, 61% of blog postings have opinions that points out the insufficiency of the parliament. About 19% of the blogs containing criticisms are focusing on the central level of government in comparison to less than 4% of newspapers. Such statistic is surprising because newspapers do not publish any criticisms to central leaders. However there have been two articles in newspapers wherein it implicitly criticizes Mao Zedong. The ability of blogs to be able to capture this various forms of criticism has played a significant impact to readers.

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