Beyond gatekeeping: J-blogging in China

Yu, H 2011, 'Beyond gatekeeping: J-blogging in China', Journalism, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 379-393.

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Beyond gatekeeping: J-blogging in China
Author(s) Yu, H
Year 2011
Journal name Journalism
Volume number 12
Issue number 4
Start page 379
End page 393
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract This essay contributes to the continuing debates on the changing horizons of journalism in the era of Web 2.0 by examining blogging as a deliberative practice among Chinese professional journalists, who, as gatekeepers of the mainstream news media, nevertheless go beyond gatekeeping by watching the 'gate', poking the 'gate,' and mocking the 'gate' through blogging. I argue that j-blogging represents an experiment of amateur journalism by professional journalists in the blogosphere. The creativity in gate-watching, gate-poking and gate-mocking is situated in the feedback loop of blogosphere and mediasphere in general. J-bloggers are essential to the mediated loop that is in itself a liminal zone, where ideas, visions, emotions and beliefs can be tested. J-blogging forms a crucial link in the formation of the mediated loop and transformation of the liminal zone, upon which the viability of Chinese public sphere depends.
Subject Media Studies
Asian Cultural Studies
Keyword(s) Gate-keeping
DOI - identifier 10.1177/1464884910388229
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2011
ISSN 1464-8849
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