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V-Day Selfies in Beijing: Media Events and User Practices as Micro-Acts of Citizenship

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Zipai, or ‘taking a picture of oneself’, is an extremely popular practice across an increasingly digitally mediated China. The principal platforms through which Chinese digital media users share their zipai are mobile micro-messaging and social contact apps such as WeChat. This chapter follows a highly visible media event – the 2015 V-Day military parade in Beijing – and its representation across micro-media practices of spectatorship to rethink the role of zipai in the construction of contemporary forms of Chinese citizenship.

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  • China
  • Media events
  • Media practices
  • Micro-media
  • Military parade
  • Zipai
  • WeChat

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de Seta, G., Proksell, M. (2017). V-Day Selfies in Beijing: Media Events and User Practices as Micro-Acts of Citizenship. In: Kuntsman, A. (eds) Selfie Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45270-8_4

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