Chinese Internet Use

Internet Users in China:
     China had approximately 137 million internet users in 2007. Of these users, just under sixty percent were male, and about eighty percent had graduated from high school, and most of those were in some form of higher learning like that of a university. The most active users of the internet in china are educated males between the ages of eighteen and thirty-two. What are the popular and various uses of the internet there? These include online gaming, emailing, blogging, chatting, checking the news, sports stories, entertainment, researching, and an assortment of others.

Popular Internet Video in China:

Government Internet Use:

The Chinese government encourages internet users to use the World Wide Web for economic advancements and “soft uses”, or entertainment, sports stories, gaming, and even some porn. Other times the government supports internet use includes during times of wanted patriotism or wavering nationalism. The government allows people to let the pressure off so to speak- and allows them to post, blog, and converse about events to foster national pride. This was the case directly after the Chinese Embassy Bombing in Belgrade. The government uses the internet by letting the internet users spew out proclaimed greatness or other propaganda material in these instances. The internet is as a tool being used in the hands of China’s leaders for the advancement of the government.

   Other Internet Users in China:  

Besides recreational uses and governmental manipulation of the internet in China, another group on the flip side is showing its face. This unnamed group of users harnesses the internet for research and for the advancement of ideas not necessarily running parallel to those of the government. As of late, due to censorship (discussed under a page of that name with a link on the left) the amount of public academic research and journalism has gone down. Why? Because these types of internet users are considered an enemy of the rule of the Chinese government. (The effects of this group of public intellectuals are also discussed on the page of the same name with a link on the left.)


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