With the advancement of media technologies, traditional media and new media converge at a pace faster than ever globally. In the People's Republic of China (PRC), nonetheless, while infrastructure is mature and audience is abundant, media convergence is not at all ready to take off. In theoretical term, the zigzag path of the convergence between television industry and the Internet in China origins from the clash between the state and the market. The chapter presents a special case in which political forces become a potential shaping force for media convergence and in the authoritarian environment of China, politics still reigns over technologies and the market. From a political economy perspective, the dominance of politics can be explained in terms of the process of regulatory spatialization.
|Title of host publication||Global Media Convergence and Cultural Transformation|
|Subtitle of host publication||Emerging Social Patterns and Characteristics|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|