The Curse of the Everyday: Politics of Representation and New Social Semiotics in Post-Socialist China

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Political Regimes and the Media in Asia, 2008, 1, pp. 31 - 48
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In the popular sector of international media, especially visual media such as television, China is represented as embracing capitalism at a phenomenal speed, swept along by consumerism, market liberalism, globalization and technological convergence. Stories ranging from the conspicuous consumption of the "new rich," the emergence of the middle-class, the "explosive" growth of Internet users, mobile phone owners or car buyers for that matter - usually complete with figures and statistics intended to show staggering increase - to the triumphant arrival of Rupert Murdoch's News Corps, fall comfortably into this narrative framework.
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