An Epistemic Trend or a Digital Pitfall? De‑Westernizing Media and Communication Studies in Digital China


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Xu, N., Chen, L., Yu, Z., & Zhu, X. (2022). An Epistemic Trend or a Digital Pitfall? De‑Westernizing Media and Communication Studies in Digital China. Galactica Media: Journal of Media Studies, 4(4), 30-46.


Governments hiding facts and truth from the public seems to have become a common phenomenon, especially during the social crisis in China. The practice of the public using various media to express dissent and opinions, to overcome government censorship, appears to contribute to freedom of speech. Inspired by widespread online articles during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, this paper argues that the flaws in this logic are the dualism, which digital media created (pro-democracy vs authoritarian; freedom vs control), in understanding media in China. By borrowing the discussion of the de-westernization of media and communication studies, the paper argues that the introduction of digital media makes de-westernized studies in China harder because it prompts us to think “digitally.”


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