Analyzing the nationalist genre of chinese commercial media: Case study of Sohu Web documentary - The search for modern China

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Chinese nationalism is frequently discussed in recently published academic articles and media reports. Many scholars have argued that nationalism is enlisted by the CCP as an ideological replacement to fill the vacuum left by the diminishing influence of Marxism and Maoism. It is also considered as a useful means to counter the contemporary Chinese problems of the decline of central power, the weakening of national identity, and actual or perceived external threats. Nationalism, in the Chinese social and political lexicon, can be divided into several categories: state nationalism, ethnic nationalism, cultural nationalism and popular nationalism. This paper focuses on a nuanced hybrid nationalist genre of state nationalism and popular nationalism which merge at the platform provided by China's commercial media. It examines how commercial media digests the influence of the state nationalism discourse in their news reporting and program designing in order to find a living space in a market economy with Chinese characteristics which is dominated by both the ideological and commercial factors, while stimulating nationalist sentiment among the Chinese masses.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-45
Number of pages10
JournalChina Media Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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