The Party’s Greatest Ally

  • Giovanni Navarria


The chapter explores the reasons behind the CCP’s fear of digital media and outlines its effects on the Party’s approach to the Internet. By closely examining the heavily contested field of digital networked media, the chapter highlights that the Party has been experimenting for some time with a variety of unusual quasi-democratic strategies, each of them designed to go beyond the need for censorship and win public consent. The chapter ultimately argues that the Internet is the Party’s greatest ally. Not only the Party has learned to adapt to the new environment and use it to its own advantage, to stave off resistance and, at times, erase memories, but it has also been successful in using the system to change its people’s attitude.


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  • Giovanni Navarria
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  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUnited Kingdom

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