Public Concern and Media Coverage of Internet Addiction

  • Qiaolei Jiang


To better investigate the issue of Internet addiction in China, studies were conducted at different levels. As the beginning, this chapter dealt with the macro level, to provide the context for the following studies. The objective of this chapter is to depict an overall picture of Internet addiction in media reports and the variations over time. Specifically, this study examines the media coverage of Internet addiction in the Region of Greater China, especially the Mainland Chinese newspapers in the past 12 years. This study combines the diffusion approach (Rogers 2003) and the functions of frames (Entman 1993), and thus gives a more detailed picture of how media coverage of Internet addiction changed over time. Employing a content analysis of newspaper articles from 1998 to 2009 in Mainland China, this chapter showed that the trend of media coverage regarding Internet addiction manifested itself following the classic S-shaped diffusion curve. The associations between phases, frames, prominence, and reporting variables were also tested. The findings revealed the role of media frames in constructing public consciousness about a specific issue (Pan 2009).


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  • Qiaolei Jiang
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  1. 1.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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