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Chinese micro-bloggers’ behaviors towards twiplomacy: Text analysis of British PM David Cameron’s micro-blogs

Abstract : Introduction - Continuous development of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICTs) has brought about significant, even complete changes in E-era (Castells, 2000; Freeman & Soete, 1997), especially for our behaviors, attitudes and relations in political life. On one side, policy makers and government officials cannot stand aloof from this new trend as they have to conform to the current development or to explore better opportunities. In fact, the governments and the officials do have paid more and more attention to the interactions with the public by using the forms that NICTs users prefer (such as micro-blog, BBS, IM, multi-media applications and so on), so as to disclose the policies and governmental departments information, express their viewpoints, and listen to the appeals from the public, etc. On the whole, both the governments and the officials have noticed the importance to use NICTs into their daily work and the communication with the public. However, do they really have a good knowledge of how to use NICTs and are they using it effectively? On the other side, the original “black boxes” in the past – such as policy process, corruptions and even officials’ properties along with their private life – are opened and shown in front of the public by the ubiquitous NICTs. As a result, through their self-media, the grassroots, such as social media users and micro-bloggers, can know more and more information, understand better and the better about the operations of the government and politics, as...
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Richard Balme. Chinese micro-bloggers’ behaviors towards twiplomacy: Text analysis of British PM David Cameron’s micro-blogs. Fabien Liénard; Sami Zlitini. Electronic Communication. Political, Social and Education Uses, Peter Lang, pp.63 - 78, 2015, 9783034316873. ⟨hal-02365759⟩



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