Rethinking about social media in China mainland

At the beginning of this class, in my self introduction blog,  I mentioned about the social media I use in China. Through this whole class, I came up with the idea to rethink about those social media related issues. Making comparasions can also be a way to gain knowledge and summaries learning.

China mainland has a “wall”, a virtual fire wall  to ban certain websites.It’s set up for protection, and it is also a stategy, for there are one fifths people living there. Although it’s not difficult to “jump the wall”, but there on earth is just a small group who’d like to spent the time. The benifit of the wall is that China can develop there own online system for such a big market; the bad things is that the communication to the world is much weaker. And I want to say the latter is mutual, not only Chinese can’t be accessible to the world so quickly, the understanding of the world about the real and comtemparay China is even impossible! For example, when I want to find Chinese teaching videos, most serizes are made by Taiwanese, Hong Kongnese or Malaysian, who use the traditional Chinese characters. If you want to learn Chinese, you have little sourse for learning the latest and standard Chinese of mainland on social media like youtube because there are few mainland Chinese, which is a pity.

Now it is said that Facebook may be allowed in the near future in China. It’s a direct doule lane bridge. Of course, I can’t imagine how crowded it will be and how big community it well make. Does China Need Facebook? It’s an interesting artical, and almost neutural, let’s see what will happen in the future.

In China, Blog tread was started around 2005, especially the website sina.com, which has the largest blogger populations. Followed in 2009, weibo which is like twitter, take the fashion. Although sohu.com    Tencent Weibo   and other website all provide weibo survice, sina.com is the No.1 and most influcial one.

The thing that can equal to google is Baidu, the biggest Chinese searching engine. Baidu Baike is similar as Wikipedia. And before the rise of weibo, Baidu Tieba is a online community everybody must go.

In China, the online community is provided by lots of websites. So does the video providers. There are several video websites like YouTube such as youku, tudou, iqiyi, letv and so on. The fomer two are old ones and the latter two are new forces.  They need to compete and buy rights to provide service. Their income are mainly coming form commocial ads and developing memberships.

There is onething that seems no matter in China and here the same—the online trolls and bullings. It’s really a big problem. You’ll never know what kind a person sitting b each behind hone or computer and posting the words of abuse. It’s the only thing sometimes driven me away from social media. And in China, netizens perfer to use an online name on there public social media. So the free is a two-edge sword. Online bullings are really troublesome and difficult to solove. There are online activities that calls for online morality and self dicipline. But it’s still a big issue now.

Through recent years, social media developed and changed so quick. I think it’s just a feature of social media: Where our friends go, where we go. What is the fashionable, what we choose. Which are suitable to our needs, which we keep. If I don’t want them, I can leave or make a change easily.

I didn’t pay much attentian to online education and network learning in China. What I use is only to search for knowledge when I need to. It seems the blog hut or online learning activities have not formed a strong power in China. It seems it’s mainly a personal activity if you want to design your blog or weibo mainly focus on education and form small groups to chat or discuss. I didn’t hear there are some fixed chat like #edchat #saskchat . The online education research there might not have formed a specific branch. But I need to pay more attention to this part to get more information.

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