The Virtual Political System

Weibo is known to be one tool in voicing out the people's concerns.

Weibo is known to be one tool in voicing out the people’s concerns.

Though the internet has not produced a revolution or a propaganda in the political system of China, many still do not and cannot use for any of my brands. It is definitely resulting to a revolution. The web has become a virtual political system in itself. It provides users with the transparency it deserves to get, the rule of law, and the official accountability. There are over 450 million internet users from China, and it has been constantly increasing on a daily basis. For Beijing, it is most certainly a threat as information goes through gender, age, professional and provincial boundaries. News spreads quick, most especially on government corruption and even cover-ups get published online and go viral in just minutes, making the government think of quick and flexible reactions, which has not been China’s strength in its political system. Some examples are the Chinese nationalists who continue to fight and support their causes via the web. These nationalists do not only protest at the streets, but through the help of the internet, they can also revolt in the web regarding the historical inaccuracies, as what is found in the current text books, and to call for vengeance.

The government is afraid that online communities might destroy their image.

The government is afraid that online communities might destroy their image.

If you may ask, what do these Chinese people look forward to after posting these types of information. Nothing out of the ordinary really. Just as long as their concerns are heard and are addressed, then they are fine.

Aside from the anti-Japanese protests due to the arguments in the South China sea, China still continues to encourage the government to adopt a more difficult stance in the ongoing protests. It must be brought up to the point has also become the tool for a critical system the lack of electricity. A lot of leaders from China are committed in controlling virtual communication.

 

Photos from http://edition.cnn.com/2012/06/20/world/asia/china-weibo-membership-fees/index.html and http://successogram.com/10-key-points-to-consider-while-building-an-online-community/

Censorship in the Media

China restricts sites like Google, Facebook and Youtube.

China restricts sites like Google, Facebook and Youtube.

China is also known as “the People’s Republic of China,” which works as a single-party socialist republic nation. The leadership, which is the Communist Party, is the one and only group that holds the power in the country. Other than that, the leadership of the country includes the Communist Party of China, the Central People’s Government and their respective provincial representatives. Registered voters select the people’s congress members, starting at the local level, up to the main purposes of the congress, which role is to overlook the local government. They then choose the next set of congress’s members, which is known to be the Provincial People’s Congress. The Provincial People’s Congress votes for the members of the National People’s Congress. It might be deemed as confusing and complex, but the Chinese political system is seen to be, and works as a leveled system. This means that the each committee or sector of the government at each level has a very important role in controlling the different local affairs of the country.

Voters have the capability to choose the leaders that would overlook the local government.

Voters have the capability to choose the leaders that would overlook the local government.

Chinese media system works in three ways. First, it has the responsibility in serving the state by spreading appropriate information. Second, the media are not allowed to criticize the state. And lastly, both private and public owned media are controlled by the state. This model basically summarizes the current media system of China. As many people know, the government restricts certain sites, such as YouTube, Facebook and Google for censorship.

The media is not allowed to broadcast anything that could demoralize authority or disagree existing political values. Basically, journalists are harmless if they follow the invisible censor rules. Although at times, they may get trapped if they continue to criticize and hurt the image of the government. Chinese media has become progressively commercialized, with increasing competition, varied content, and investigative broadcasting.

 

Photos from http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/china-news/google-accuses-china-of-tampering-with-gmail-53345.html and http://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/mar/03/wukan-villagers-elections-protests