By Wei He

This publication cash the time period “Networked Public” to explain the lively social actors in new media ecology. the writer argues that, in today’s community society, Networked Public communique is diverse than, but is analogous with, mass communique and interpersonal conversation. As such it's the emergent paradigm for study. The booklet reports the ancient, technological and social context for the emerging of Networked Public, analyzes its materials and features, and discusses the kinds and lines of social media in China. through studying ample circumstances from contemporary years, the booklet presents solutions to the most important questions at micro, meso and macro-levels, together with how details flows less than rules within the strategy of Networked Public verbal exchange; what its good points and types are; what collective motion techniques and“resistance culture”have been constructed because of net keep watch over; the character of strength video games between Networked Public, mass media, political forces and capital, and the hyperlinks with the improvement of chinese language civil society.

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In their effort to understand how the culture of capitalism undermines the dialectic, how it transforms the working class from a potentially revolutionary subject into a passive consumer, a decidedly conservative political force, Adorno and Horkheimer bypass the cultural level in favor of technological determinism. In their analysis they configure the working class or the popular forces as passive and inert, mirroring the critique that they desire to provide. Trapped within the binary autonomy/heteronomy, Adorno saw no alternative to the modernist subject: either that subject existed or it was ‘dissolved’ leaving no subject at all, just a mere thing, an inert mass.

This book thus strives to avoid the one-side choice of “subjectivity” or “social structure,” but to observe and interpret subjective action in the context of social structure while at the same time explore whether subjective action may have influence on social structure. The context for Chinese society combining the Internet and other ICTs means empowerment and also constraints to the subject—networked users. Continuous daily practice and group behavior of networked users become the micro-mechanism that has impact on social structural factors such as experience, expectation, custom, and rules, while at the meanwhile constantly constructs and changes the network as a field and a tool.

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